PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence has enhanced its member online environment, the Regence Engine (myregence.com) 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 myregence.com to explore My Community. About the Regence Engine The Regence Engine (myregence.com) 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 health. 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 www.or.regence.com.
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