Thank you for choosing Dean Health Plan as your HMO. As a member of Dean Health Plan you will receive all your health care from Dean Health Plan doctors and hospitals.
Our Medicaid and BadgerCare plans are public health insurance programs developed by the State and Federal governments to assist the uninsured and under-insured children, families and pregnant women who meet specific income limits.
BadgerCare Plus Core Plan provides access to health care services to long-term uninsured adults, ages 19 through 64, who do not have children or do not have dependent children under age 19 living in the home.
Are you diabetic?
If you have diabetes, make sure you are doing the Things to help you stay healthy!
Contact Dean Health Plan's Customer Care Center at (800) 279-1301 if you need help finding a doctor.
Do you smoke or use tobacco?
You have coverage to help you quit!
Studies show that people who use tobacco products are more successful at quitting when both counseling and prescription help is used.
Curious about what prescriptions are covered under your plan? Call Member Services at (800) 362-3002.
For more information, please visit these helpful links:
- WI QuitLine - Live phone coaching and medication assistance.
- WI First Breath - helps pregnant women in Wisconsin quit smoking by integrating tobacco cessation strategies into existing prenatal care appointments.
Are you pregnant?
Early and regular prenatal care is vital to the health of both mother and baby. Babies who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to be born with low birth weight and five times more likely to die.
Contact you doctor as soon as you believe you are pregnant. Prenatal Care Coordination through Strong Beginnings can help you stay on track with ongoing support, appointments, services and health practices. Contact the Strong Beginnings team by calling (608) 830-5908 or (800) 356-7344 ext. 5908. Most experts suggest you see your doctor a minimum of:
- Once a month for weeks 4 through 28
- Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36
- Once a week from week 36 to birth.
Taking care of yourself after delivery is an essential part of postpartum care. Schedule your postpartum exam three to eight weeks following the delivery of your baby. Your doctor will talk with you about what to expect and make sure that you are healing properly. This is the perfect time to discuss any concerns you may have.
For more information, please visit these helpful links:
- Learn more about Strong Beginnings
- WI First Breath helps pregnant women in WI quit smoking by integrating cessation strategies into existing prenatal care appointments
Do you have a child under two years of age?
Keep your children healthy with the immunizations they need!
Before your child turns two they should receive the following shots:
- Four DTap immunizations
- Three Hibs
- Three Polio vaccines
- Three Hepatitis B vaccines
- One MMR
- One Varicella
- A blood lead test at one year of age
- A blood lead test at two years of age
All children should receive a HealthCheck at 15 and 18 months of age. It is at these HealthChecks they receive the fourth DTap shot.
A healthy child is a happy child.
HealthCheck is a preventive health check-up program for anyone under the age of 21 who is currently eligible for Wisconsin Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus. HealthCheck teaches you and your child how to prevent illness, and can also find health problems early—before they become serious.
HealthCheck meets the physical exam requirements for programs such as Head Start, Child Care or WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program) and school physicals. At the HealthCheck your doctor will provide:
- Head to toe physical exam
- Immunizations (shots)*
- Lab tests*
- Eye exam
- Growth and development check
- Hearing check
- Mouth exam
- Nutrition check (eating habits)
- Health information
- Other checks you need
Immunizations can save your child’s life
Immunizations are safe and effective. Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools or daycare facilities. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care.
Blood Lead Screen
Find out if your child has elevated blood lead levels. Ask your pediatrician to do a simple blood test. Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Prevention of lead poisoning can accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed.
If you have other questions or would like to speak with a HealthCheck coordinator please call us at (800) 279-1301
Do you or your child have asthma?
Managing your Asthma
Avoid these common asthma triggers or remove them from your home:
- Animal dander from pets. Keep animals out of the sleeping areas of the home at all times.
- Dust mites. Wash bed sheets weekly in hot water.
- Pollen. Keep windows closed from late morning to afternoon when pollen is highest.
- Smoke. Do not smoke and do not allow people to smoke around you.
- Cold air. Cover face on cold, windy days.
Set up an Asthma Action Plan with your doctor. This can help you know what to do if you have an asthma attack. Let your family and friends know the plan. Tell your doctor if you are having more symptoms.
Use controller medication every day as directed by your doctor. If you need to use the rescue inhaler more than two times per week, your asthma may not be well controlled.
See your doctor twice a year for asthma follow up.
Sample Asthma Action Plan
Depression, Mental Health Hospitalization, Substance Dependence?
Depression is a serious medical condition. It is more than just a temporary mood of feeling sad or blue. It can significantly affect your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, mood and even physical health. Medication intervention can be an important part of treatment for ongoing depression that has a biological component.
For additional information see the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental Health specialists provide comprehensive mental health services for patients of all ages.
Follow up after mental health hospitalization
If you are hospitalized for any reason including mental health it is very important to follow up with your doctor for ongoing treatment recommendations.
Alcohol and drug dependence/addiction
It is very important to follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations or seek help if you have questions or concerns.
For more information:
Are you over 50?
If you are a woman over 50, it’s important to stay up to date on your breast cancer screenings.
Breast cancer symptoms vary widely, but monthly self breast exams and annual mammograms after the age of 50 are crucial to early detection and treatment.
For more information
With Dean Health Plan, you have a number of care options. Make sure you pick the right one depending on the severity of your condition.
- Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Call your doctor’s office directly to schedule an appointment.
- Urgent care: Call Dean Health Plan's Customer Care Center at (800) 279-1301 or Dean On Call, our 24-hour nurse line at (800) 57-NURSE or visit one of our urgent care locations.
- Emergency Room: Call 911 or your local police or fire department emergency services if the emergency is severe.
It is important to call your PCP first to manage your health care needs, if possible. Your PCP may suggest urgent care if you need care sooner. If you need urgent care, go to a Dean Health Plan provider for help if you can. If the emergency is severe, go to the nearest provider (hospital, doctor or clinic). Or call 911 if the emergency is severe or you are unable to transport yourself.
Some examples of urgent care are:
- Most broken bones
- Bruises or sprains
- Minor cuts
- Minor burns
- Most drug reactions
Some examples of emergency care are:
- Trouble breathing
- Serious broken bones
- Severe or unusual bleeding
- Suspected poisoning
- Suspected heart attack
- Suspected stroke
- Severe pain
- Prolonged or repeated seizures