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Living Well Community

Living a healthier life might seem like a tall order - the nutrition, the exercise, the inner happiness, all while taking care of your family! But having some friendly advice at your disposal, whenever and wherever you need it, makes it easier and more fun.

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Free Car Seats, Free Safety Checks—and More!

Free car seats are just one of many Value-Added Services for pregnant women and new moms enrolled in our STAR Medicaid or CHIP insurance plan.

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Stay Connected with a Free Phone Plan!

As a PCHP HEALTHfirst STAR Medicaid member, you may qualify for free wireless service through the Assurance Wireless.

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How to Use Your Dental and Vision Benefits

Visiting your doctor isn’t the only way to stay healthy – it’s important to see your dentist and eye doctor, too. Parkland Community Health Plan offers a number of benefits for dental and vision care.

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How To Quit Smoking

It can be very hard to quit smoking — but it’s one of the most important things you can do to help your baby to be healthy, before and after they’re born.

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No-Cost Birth Control—Where to Find It

Do you need no-cost birth control pills, diaphragms, condoms, or other family planning services? If you live in North Texas, here are two options to consider.

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Is it COVID, a cold or the flu?

Do you know the difference between the flu and COVID-19 or the common cold? Parkland Community Health Plan shares the differences between all three.

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How to Prevent Preterm Labor

A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. When your baby is born after the 37th week of pregnancy, they have a chance to develop as fully as possible before birth. However, if you go into labor and give birth before your 37th week of pregnancy, your baby will be considered “premature” or “preterm.”

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You’ve applied for Medicaid or CHIP. Should you apply for the Marketplace, too?

When you apply for Medicaid or CHIP, you might wait up to 45 days before learning if your application is approved. If you do not get approved, it’s good to have a backup plan. Getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is one way to plan ahead.

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Top Medicaid Benefits for Children and Pregnant Women

Medicaid has a long list of services to help you—and your family—stay healthy and well. Just a few examples of benefits are dental care, allergy medicine, vaccinations (shots), birth control, hearing tests, rides to the doctor and more!

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Need a Ride to the Doctor? PCHP May Be Able to Help

Have you ever missed a doctor visit because you didn’t have a way to get there? PCHP offers non-emergency medical transportation to all HEALTHfirst (STAR Medicaid) members.

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Keep Your Family Safe on Hot Texas Days

People of all ages can become seriously ill during hot days. However, babies and young children are at even higher risk. So before you head out for the day, check this list of summer safety tips.

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10 Health Tips for First-Time Mothers

After those long months of pregnancy, your baby is here at last! Take a look at the tips below for ideas to ease the first few weeks and months of motherhood.

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Plan Now for Back to School Health Checkups, Vaccines—and More

It’s time to get your child ready for back to school. Whether that means daycare, preschool, or K-12, Parkland HEALTHfirst (STAR Medicaid) and KIDSfirst (CHIP) can help!

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Redeem Your Parkland Rewards

If you have a Parkland Rewards account, be sure to redeem your 2021-2022 points before August 31, 2022.

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CHIP Renewal FAQs

Why do I need to renew my CHIP/CHIP Perinate benefits? In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) temporarily waived the renewal requirements for CHIP

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Five Tiny Diet Habits that Equal Big Health Benefits

Summer’s almost here. It’s the perfect time to make some small changes in your daily routine to build better health habits. Small changes in diet and exercise are easy to start. Here are a few to consider.

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HIV Prevention in Healthcare Webinar Learning Series

The Texas Collaborative for HIV Education & Prevention (TCHEP) is hosting a series of webinars for primary care and emergency care providers.

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10 Easy Home Exercises Parents Can Do With Kids

Whether you have just 10 minutes or an hour or more, it all adds up. Every little bit of movement helps to build a healthier body, whether you’re a child or an adult.

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Healthy Food Isn’t Out of Reach

You may be receiving Medicaid benefits through the State of Texas. But did you know that you can also get help buying healthy food when you need it?

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Register for Our Member Portal and Get a Reward!

Did you know that Parkland Community Health Plan members can receive a $20 reward when they register in our NEW member portal?

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Cinco de Mayo Avocado Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these spicy tuna-stuffed avocados! Not only is tuna high in protein and affordable, but avocados are also very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients too.

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10 Ways to Make Food Last Longer

How can you protect your food—and your family—during the warmer months? Take a look at the tips below for some easy ways to make food last longer.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health Services – Are You Covered?

We’ve all had to make a lot of changes to our daily lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Many people are feeling overwhelmed – and not just about the virus. If you need to seek help for mental health treatment, Parkland Community Health Plan has you covered.

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All About Pyx

All expecting moms can use a little extra support. That’s why Parkland Community Health Plan is happy to offer the free Pyx mobile app to our pregnant members age 18 and older.

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Black Maternal Health Week: Doing Our Part to Help Prevent Premature Births

In observation of Black Maternal Health Week, Parkland Community Health Plan (PCHP), in partnership with Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) want to highlight our efforts in Dallas to prevent preterm births, which is especially impactful on women in under-served communities.

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Easy Ways to Drink More Water

Sometimes there is nothing better on a hot day than a tall, cool glass of water. At Parkland Community Health Plan, we know it can be hard to drink enough water during busy days—and weeks. So how can you sneak in some more sips?

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

DSHS recently launched the Texas Public Health Scheduler to help people sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine through participating public entities across Texas.

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Have the Spring Blues? These Tips Can Help

Even though that change is positive, it can be stressful too—especially if you have the “spring blues.” Self-care is important, and knowing a few tips can help. They are simple, but they are not always easy to do.

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COVID-19 and Medicaid: What to Know About Testing and Other Services

It’s been one year since COVID-19 first came to the United States. The number of infections is getting lower, but new cases are still being reported every day. The good news is that getting a COVID

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FAQ About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? A COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you from getting sick. That’s important because, if you get sick with COVID-19:there’s no way to know how it will affect you.

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5 Free Apps to Help You Get Healthy in 2021

Do you want your family to be healthier in 2021? The good news is that every little bit helps. And building better health habits is easier than ever when you use health apps on your phone or computer.

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How to Apply for Medicaid and CHIP - Step by Step

You and your family might be able to receive free or low-cost health care through the Texas Medicaid (STAR) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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How to Choose a Medicaid Plan for Your Family

You applied for Texas Medicaid. Your application was approved. And that’s great news. You are one step closer to better health for yourself and your family. But there are a few more steps you need to

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Managing School During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, managing your child’s schooling was easier. You got them to the bus stop—or the school—on time. You checked their homework. Did they need extra help? If so, you called

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When To Go To The Emergency Room vs Urgent Care

When medical situations occur, we’re often faced with uncertainty about where to go for care, especially if the symptoms seem severe and our regular doctor’s office is closed. While the answer is not always simple, knowing the difference between walk-in clinics, urgent care and emergency care and where to seek treatment could save your life in a medical emergency.

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Easy ways to exercise as a family

Exercise is important every season of the year. When we walk, dance, stretch, swim or exercise in other ways, we feel better in our minds as well as our bodies. This is true no matter how old you are.

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Texas Medicaid FAQ

Texas Medicaid FAQ: Everything you need to know about applying for Medicaid in Texas The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, play, go to school and go to the store. It has also changed the

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Texas Medicaid For Unemployment

How—and Why—to Apply for Texas Medicaid After Losing Your Job Did you lose your job—and your health insurance—since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you are not alone. Many Texas businesses

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What is the Dallas Healthy Start Program?

The Dallas Healthy Start program is an in-home service that aims to reduce infant deaths, preterm, and low-weight births.  The staff is made up of English and Spanish-speaking community health workers

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Developing Pregnancy & Parenting Skills with Lisa Summers & Nolana Johnson

For first-time mothers, there are lots of questions about pregnancy and birth.  Lisa Summers and Nolana Johnson, registered nurses at Parkland Health and Hospital System understand this and offer

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What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding? Valencia Moore Explains

For generations, breastfeeding has sustained life. In addition to its many health benefits there can also be difficulties and challenges for new mothers.  In this video, Valencia Moore, RN, IBCLC,

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Four Stress Management Tips

The cause of stress is different for everyone. For one person, it could be from trying to pay rent. For another, it could be a result of a health issue.  No matter the reason, keeping the negative

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Welcome to the Living Well Blog!

What does Living Well mean? It’s more than just a healthy diet and exercise. It includes all aspects of life.  Our goal with the Living Well blog is to share information and resources to the community

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We’re in this Together

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down.  The “normal” we were used to is a distant memory as we work to learn how to navigate our “new normal.” And, with change comes uncertainty. At Parkland

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Extended Access to Care for COVID-19

We are expanding your access to care, support and resources to help you navigate through this uncertain time. We are committed to making every effort to protect your health by keeping you safe in your home while still enabling you to get the right care.

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has approved the Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver submitted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on March 26, 2020.

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Governor Abbott Announces HHSC Request Of Section 1135 Waiver To Support Health Care Workforce In Medicaid Program

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has submitted a Section 1135 waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting flexibility in administering Medicaid to mitigate potential health care workforce shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Texas Expands Opioid Misuse Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Texas continues to fight opioid misuse through millions of dollars in new funding, increased public awareness and an expanded list of medications physicians can use to help Medicaid clients recover from opioid addiction.

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