Regence's 'My Community' Now Online

Members Can Now Participate in Message Boards, Tap Into Community and

Health Information Resources and Learn More About How Their Benefits Work

Nov 20, 2006, 00:00 ET from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

    PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence has enhanced its member
 online environment, the Regence Engine ( with an open forum
 called My Community, which allows members to interact in real-time
 discussions on health and lifestyle topics and find helpful community
 resources. Regence officials say it's another big step toward helping
 members take charge of their health, better navigate the health care system
 and make informed health decisions.
     My Community message boards allows members to share their voices and
 interact with one another, exchanging information and personal stories
 about topics such as weight loss, fitness, parenting and nutrition. Members
 can also speak their minds on topical and current events such as the E.coli
 outbreak in spinach to banning trans fats in restaurants. Members can
 choose to watch ongoing messages, join a conversation or start their own
 discussion. Regence will also feature regular hosted message boards, where
 participants can interact with experts on a variety of topics, including
 fitness and smoking cessation.
     "We are committed to helping build a healthier community, one that
 starts with providing our members and their families with consumer-friendly
 tools like the Regence Engine that help them stay healthy," said Will
 McKinney, vice president of Consumer-Directed Health Systems for Regence.
 "My Community furthers our goal of enhancing the Regence Engine to become a
 place that members turn to as a trusted source of information that helps
 them make informed decisions about their health care."
     My Community also features a resource center where members can find
 answers to commonly asked customer service questions and access local and
 national health resources and support groups. Here, members can learn about
 topics such as "Understanding Your Benefits." This feature helps members
 understand common aspects of the health insurance industry, such as
 insurance terminology, pre-authorization, member appeals, how to use a
 benefit booklet, understanding your member card and pre-existing
 conditions. The community resources section also connects members to
 resources such as cancer support groups and smoking cessation help. Members
 may log on to the Regence Engine at to explore My Community.
     About the Regence Engine
     The Regence Engine ( is designed to help advise members
 on healthcare and lifestyle options, navigate them through the healthcare
 system, and reward those who make healthier choices. With the Regence
 Engine, members can find all their health-related resources in one place.
 They can check their claims; get fitness and nutrition tips; learn about
 medical conditions, medications and formulary information; search for
 doctors; and research costs and care options. They can even earn Regence
 Reward points-redeemable for gift certificates to hundreds of restaurants,
 retailers, theaters and more-just for actively taking charge of their
     About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
     Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
 related coverage for about one million members in Oregon and in Clark
 County, Washington. It's part of Regence, the largest health insurer in the
 northwest and intermountain states, collectively covering nearly three
 million people. Regence and its affiliates are not-for-profit independent
 licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nearly one in
 three Americans has health care coverage through Blue Plans. For more
 information, visit

SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon