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Driscoll Health Plan members offered discount at Sunday's Laredo Lemurs game, concert

May 31, 2013
WHAT: Driscoll Health Plan is offering its members a $2 discount on tickets to this Sunday's Laredo Lemurs game and Christian music concert at Uni-Trade Stadium. Point of Grace, a Christian music band, is scheduled to perform immediately following the game against the Kansas City T-Bones.
WHEN: 3:16 p.m. Sunday, June 2
WHERE: Uni-Trade Stadium, 6320 Sinatra Pkwy.

With expansion comes new Laredo office for Driscoll Health Plan

February 13, 2013
LAREDO - Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas and representatives from the Laredo Chamber of Commerce will join officials from Driscoll Health Plan (DHP) tomorrow as they celebrate the opening of their new Laredo office at 1705 Del Mar Blvd.

The 1,245-square-foot office will be used by DHP to conduct provider relations, community outreach and, later, social work. It is the result of DHP's 2012 expansion into the Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata. DHP currently has more than 50,200 members in the Hidalgo SDA.

"We are pleased to have an office in Laredo for our staff as well as a place for healthcare providers to meet with us," said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, chief executive officer of DHP. "The physicians of Laredo have been wonderful to work with. These bricks and mortar are just another example of Driscoll Health Plan's commitment to this area."

DHP is one of four plans that were awarded a Medicaid managed-care contract in South Texas by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. It's available to the approximately 400,000 Medicaid-eligible people in the Hidalgo SDA. For more information about DHP, go to www.driscollhealthplan.com or call 855-425-3247.

What: Ribbon-cutting for Driscoll Health Plan's Laredo office
When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
Where: 1705 Del Mar Blvd., Suite A119, Laredo

Driscoll Health Plan: Improving healthcare with cell phone assistance for members

January 18, 2013
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - For most people, finding a medical care provider and making doctor's appointments is as easy as picking up a cell phone. But for some Medicaid-eligible individuals and families, access to cell phones - and quick communication with healthcare providers - may be difficult or impossible. Driscoll Health Plan (DHP) strives to bridge the communication gap by providing all members assistance in applying for a free cell phone.*

"Communication is essential when it comes to access to good healthcare for the vulnerable population we serve," said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, chief executive officer of DHP.

As part of the free cell phone* program, qualifying members will also receive the following services at not cost:

250 free voice minutes each month
250 free text messages each month;
A voicemail account;
Call waiting and caller ID;
9-1-1 access.

In addition to these services, DHP provides 250 extra minutes** each month and, for certain members, text messages with general health tips, notices about free events and other helpful information.

"This is a win-win situation for our members who qualify to receive free cell phones," Dr. Peterson said. "DHP continues to develop ways to provide more value to our members."

Cell phones obtained through DHP are made available by Assurance Wireless, a federal Lifeline program that is part of the Universal Service Fund.*

DHP has more than 50,000 members in the Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata. It is the only non-profit, provider-sponsored plan in the Hidalgo SDA. For more information about DHP, families can go to www.driscollhealthplan.com or call 855-425-3247. This is the third in a series of four press releases about DHP's value-added services.

* Members must qualify to receive a free cell phone. The cell phone is not a value-added service.
** Restrictions and/or limitations apply on this value-added service.

Driscoll Health Plan in focus: An incentive program for new moms

October 12, 2012
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Motherhood is a big job, and helping mothers and their babies stay healthy in South Texas is a big focus of Driscoll Health Plan (DHP). For example, DHP encourages moms to stay on track with Texas Health Steps - a roadmap to healthy living for mothers and newborns - by offering incentives such as gift cards for diapers* when they complete each of their postpartum checkups and at least four of the newborn checkups.

Under the Texas Health Steps incentive program, mothers are encouraged to visit their obstetrician after giving birth to ensure their recovery from delivery is proceeding well. These visits allow them to get additional information on breastfeeding and birth spacing.

"Similarly, we hope that the infant will get all the recommended checkups from his or her pediatrician or family physician," said Ernest Buck, MD, medical director of DHP.

Infants' checkups are typically scheduled at 5 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months old, Dr. Buck said. The visits are spaced to ensure the babies' growth and development is proceeding normally. They'll get the recommended vaccines, and parents will have the chance to learn parenting skills.

As mothers complete each infant checkup, they can receive a gift card for diapers. In addition, DHP offers a $20 gift card to moms* who continue to get all checkups after the baby's first year, which are scheduled at 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months and annually from age 3 to 20 years.

"We want to encourage the family to get the very best in medical care and reward them for doing just that," Dr. Buck said.

DHP has more than 51,600 members in the Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata. It is the only non-profit, provider-sponsored plan in the Hidalgo SDA. For more information about DHP, families can go to www.driscollhealthplan.com or call 855-425-3247. This is the second in a series of four press releases about DHP's value-added services.

* This is not an all-inclusive list of value-added services. Restrictions and/or limitations apply.

Driscoll Health Plan going strong with value-added services

September 11, 2012
RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Since its expansion last year, Driscoll Health Plan (DHP) has become firmly rooted in the 10-county Hidalgo Service Delivery Area (SDA), with 51,628 Medicaid members enrolled to date. DHP opened a new office in Edinburg in January and is the only non-profit, provider-sponsored plan in the Hidalgo SDA, which includes the counties of Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata.

DHP goes beyond Medicaid benefits, offering members a long list of value-added services that promote healthy lifestyles and improved health. For example, pregnant women can receive dental care, new moms can receive gift cards for baby diapers and children can earn prizes for eating healthy and staying active.

Here is a snapshot of the value-added services that DHP offers. An asterisk indicates new services:

Transportation services - For eligible members, DHP will assist with transportation issues that may arise outside of the standard medical transportation program.
Preventive care dental benefits* - Pregnant members at least 21 years old may receive routine dental exams, dental x-rays, two teeth cleanings per year and additional gum treatment benefits.
Vision services - Children and adults can receive a $100 corrective eyewear allowance every 24 months.
Sports/school physicals - Free sports/school physicals are offered to all members ages 5-19.
Free cell phone minutes - DHP will provide application assistance for members to receive a free cell phone through the Lifeline Assistance Program and 250 additional minutes for pregnant members or members with special healthcare needs.
Cadena de Madres - This program includes prenatal education, lactation consulting, nutritional counseling and free prenatal educational baby showers for pregnant women enrolled in State of Texas Access Reform (STAR) and/or residing in the following counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy.
Birthing classes* - DHP will sponsor local hospital programs to provide birthing classes for DHP members.
Asthma services - DHP will provide a home evaluation for members with asthma. Asthma educators will interview the parent/member to identify triggers and assist families with care management services. Members participating in the evaluation will also receive a free pillow cover and bed cover.
Asthma camp sponsorships* - DHP will provide summer camp sponsorships for certain children ages 7-14 with asthma that are designed to provide physical and social experiences that are fun while increasing the child's understanding of his or her asthma.
Membership at Boys & Girls Clubs - DHP members can obtain a family membership by presenting their member ID card at any participating location throughout South Texas.
Going NonStopô Program* - Members track their daily habits such as physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, TV watching, computer use and fast food consumption.
Incentive programs for Texas Health Steps* - Members who complete a post-partum checkup and four newborn Texas Health Steps checkups on time will receive up to six gift certificates for disposable diapers and other rewards.
Emergency Preparedness Kit Gift Program* - DHP will provide one emergency preparedness kit per family upon enrollment.

"These value-added services demonstrate that DHP cares about our members," said Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, chief executive officer of DHP. "We want them to stay well and have some fun."

For more information about DHP, families in the Hidalgo SDA can go to www.dchpkids.com or call 855-425-3247. This is the first in a series of four press releases about DHP. Subsequent press releases will focus on specific value-added services under the plan.