Spring 2020 Medicare Newsletter

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Senior Health & Fitness Day

Dear Friends, 
Welcome to the newest issue of Health Matters. Spring is just around the corner and so is time in the sun with loved ones. In this issue of Health Matters, we cover how to spot a stroke and several things you may not know about hearing aids. 

We also highlight the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and Senior Health & Fitness Day in May. Be sure to check out all of the Awareness Months and Dates on the opposite page. As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 844.282.3026

Nothing means more to us than knowing we’ve helped make our members’ lives better. 

In good health, 
Nancy Horstmann 
Chief Executive Officer
 CHRISTUS Health Plan

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Do You Know... All About Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids have evolved so much over time! It wasn’t until the late 1900’s that technology was able to create something that only fit on your ear vs. a device with wires you had to clip on your pants. Technology has advanced so quickly since the end of the 20th century that hearing aids of today are virtually invisible and have very few limitations on customization. 

  1. Digital hearing aids can be programmed using your computer and can tailor the settings to your needs. New digital technology allows you to take phone calls and hear the TV right through your devices.
  2. Hearing aids are more adjustable than ever. They understand and make the distinction between speech and background noise. When combined with special induction loops, hearing aids accuratelypick up announcements in crowded places and subtract the background noise and frequency distortions.
  3. Programming allows the hearing aids to auto-adjust to memory based on your settings. This enables the hearing aid to revert to your most comfortable setting automatically. 
  4. You should not buy hearing aids online; they have to be programmed by a certified audiologist or hearing specialist to be set for your specific needs. Follow-up visits are just as important to ensure your hearing aids are adjusted properly and working optimally. 
  5. Two hearing aids are better than one, even if you’ve only lost hearing in one ear. Sounds come from every direction and two hearing aids increase your ability to detect from which direction a sound is coming. 
  6. Wearing hearing aids is different than putting on a pair of glasses. Usually, an audiologist won’t set your hearing aid to full prescription at the beginning, but rather they allow you time to adjust, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  7. It takes time to get used to.
  8. Hearing aids might slow down cognitive decline.

Tell the hearing provider you’d like to take the hearing aids for a test drive. Amplifon offers a 60-day no-risk trial period with a 100% money-back guarantee if the hearing aids are not the right fit for you. May is Better Speech & Hearing Month. Take advantage of CHRISTUS Health Plan’s partnership with Amplifon Hearing Health Care today and get your hearing checked with a hearing specialist today.
 More information on CHRISTUS Health Plan’s partner, AmplifonHearing Health Care, can be found online at amplifonusa.com/christushealthplangenerations or by calling 866.687.6756
source: Amplifon Hearing Health Care


Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken


Honey Mustard Chicken


1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons mayonaisse
1 teaspoon steak sauce
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Nutrition Facts


  1. Preheat grill for medium heat. 
  2. In shallow bowl, mix mustard, honey, mayonaisse, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. 
  4. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. 
  5. Baste occasionally with reserve sauce during last 10 minutes. 
  6. Watch carefully to prevent burning
Our Outreach Coordinator is sending out health reminder letters and doing outreach calls, to help you complete important wellness visits, blood sugar tests, and breast imaging exams. These medical tests and exams are valuable in preventing harm through early detection. We look forward to teaming up with you in reaching a better level of health. For more information about our Outreach Coordinator, call Member Services at 844.282.3025 .

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Last Updated: 12/14/2020