Apply by Oct. 16 for drinking fountain grant

The deadline for schools to apply for the “Water’s Cool at School” grant has been extended through Monday, Oct. 16.

MESSA and the Delta Dental Foundation will aid in replacing old drinking fountains and installing new water filling stations to schools across Michigan that apply and are selected for the program. The program is designed to ensure children drink enough water during the school day and avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

MESSA members interested in applying on behalf of their building should visit messa.org/wateratschool and submit an application by Oct. 16.

More than 20 selected schools will have older drinking fountains replaced with new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling stations installed by Oak Park-based Balfrey & Johnston. In addition, selected schools will receive reusable water bottles for students and staff.

Save time and money with Rx home delivery

MESSA members can save money by switching to mail delivery for long-term medications.

The Express Scripts Pharmacy offers convenient, free home delivery for prescription drugs you take regularly. That means fewer trips to the pharmacy and waiting in line for what can seem like an eternity, and more time for you and your family.

Switching to Express Scripts can also save money for you and your health plan, as Express Scripts has negotiated discounts on drugs. They also offer a tool to help you compare costs of specific medications to help you get the best value.

To get started, log in to your MESSA member account at messa.org and click “Rx home delivery.”

No cost for preventive mammograms

and breast exams

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s a good time for women over 40 to schedule a mammogram.

Early detection is critical to surviving breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women 40 and older get a mammogram every year. In addition, state health officials recommend women ages 20 and older get a clinical breast exam at least every three years.

MESSA members and their dependents don’t have to pay a dime out of pocket to receive a breast exam from an in-network provider as part of their free annual health maintenance exam.

In addition, MESSA covers preventive and medically necessary mammography, at no cost to the member if performed by an in-network provider. Traditional 2-D mammography is covered, as well as digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography. A 3-D mammogram is becoming a best practice in women’s health for breast cancer-detecting technology.

Additional mammograms are subject to your plan’s deductible.

In the event of a cancer diagnosis, MESSA helps members address their challenges. In addition to excellent coverage for cancer-related treatment, prescriptions and prosthetics, MESSA’s Medical Case Management program can provide personal support from a registered nurse. MESSA members can enroll in the program by calling 800.441.4626 during normal business hours.


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