Medavie Blue Cross has expanded its Managing Chronic Disease extended health benefit. Coverage for Heart Health and Quit Smoking services will join offerings already available to plan members and their family members living with diabetes, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

“This expansion reaffirms our commitment to work with our many partners to provide easier access to quality care, improve patient health outcomes and ensure the sustainability of benefit plans,” said Anne Nicoll, Vice-President, Business Development at Medavie Blue Cross, in a statement issued by the company June 22.

Removing barriers to self-care

Medavie Blue Cross says that in 2015 it became the first benefit provider in Canada to offer chronic disease management as an extended health care benefit in group and individual plans with the introduction of its Lung Health and Diabetes Care services. This benefit includes ongoing education, treatment planning, motivation and support, intervention services, symptom management, medication adherence and compliance, which can be accessed in person or by phone. The benefit is intended to remove potential barriers to self-care, says the company.

“Through the Managing Chronic Disease extended health benefit, people living with a chronic illness now have access to a number of services provided by accredited health professionals to help them take charge of their treatment plan and improve their quality of life,” says Nicoll.