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Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:04

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City health plan offers members many health benefits with $0 copay



City of Houston health plan members enjoy free, $0 copays on preventative care, women’s health services, immunizations and more. Be smart, save money and live a healthy lifestyle with no-cost health benefits. Here’s a list of some select services offered with $0 copays:


1. Well woman/well man checkups:

Stay healthy with a well-woman or well-man checkup. Exams include screenings for your current biometric numbers. Plan members, who schedule an appointment with a primary doctor, get their biometric numbers, and complete a health assessment by Oct. 31, 2014, can save money on their 2015 medical plan contribution.

2. PSA:

Prostate cancer screenings have a $0 copay. Prostate Antigen Tests can detect the presence of prostate cancer. Who should get tested? Men ages 50 and up are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Schedule a visit with your primary doctor to discuss the risks and benefits of getting tested.

3. Colonoscopy:

City health plan members can get routine colonoscopies for a $0 copay. Standard colonoscopies test for colon cancer. Testing is recommended for people ages 50 and up, according to the American Cancer Society. Surgery to remove growths or polyps can generate a copay. Speak with your doctor about the pros and cons of getting tested.

4. Contraceptives:

Over-the-counter female contraceptives with a prescription from a physician, generic prescription contraceptives and contraception counseling are available for $0 copays through Cigna. Contact a Cigna representative at 1-800-997-1406 or visit to view all $0 copay contraception options being offered.

5. Immunizations:

Stay protected with immunizations. Some $0 copay immunizations include flu shots and meningitis and shingles vaccines.

6. Breast pumps:

Pregnant or nursing? Breast pumps and lactation support and counseling are now available through Cigna’s in-network provider, Care Centrix with $0 copays. What’s covered? For starters, the purchase or rental of one standard electrical or manual breast pump per birth is covered. Select breast-feeding supplies are also covered. To learn more, contact a Cigna representative.

7. Mammograms and pap smears:

Get routine mammograms and pap smears for free. Early detection of breast and cervical cancer can help with diagnosis and treatment of the diseases. Schedule a visit with your primary doctor to make an informed decision about getting screened.

8. Generic cholesterol medications:

Cigna Home Delivery makes taking care of yourself much more convenient. The service delivers generic cholesterol medications for free. Call Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy at 1-800-285-4812.

9. Generic diabetic medications and supplies:

Diabetic medications and supplies are free through Cigna’s Home Delivery Pharmacy. Plan members pay $0 for a 90-day supply of their generic diabetic medications and free preferred-brand diabetic test strips. Please note: City health plan members not enrolled in Medicare are eligible for $0 copay diabetic blood glucose meters. Call the Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy at 1-800-285-4812.

10. EAP:

Need help moving, finding childcare, or drafting a will? The city’s free Employee Assistance Program offers a plethora of online resources to help city employees. Visit and enter company ID: HOUSTONEAP to register. For more information, call 855-378-7485.

Health plan members with questions may log onto or contact a Cigna representative at

Editor’s note: EAP services for city of Houston employees are offered free through the city of Houston and are not administered by Cigna.


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