Asthma

We have an Asthma Program for members age 2 years and older.  This program will help you understand how to take care of your asthma.  Your asthma can be managed and should not stop you from doing the things you like.

As part of the program, a specially trained asthma care manager may call you on the telephone.  The care manager will help you understand the difference between your long term control medicine and your rescue medicine.  The care manager will help you understand peak flow monitoring and how to use an asthma action plan.  You may also receive information on asthma in the mail.

Here are a few reminders for managing your asthma:

  • Take your long term control medicine every day as your doctor tells you even when you feel good.
  • The quick relief medicine helps you when you are having trouble breathing.  This medicine should not be used every day.  If you are using the rescue medicine every day, you should call your doctor.
  • Visit your doctor at least 2 times a year.  Your doctor needs to see you to make sure your asthma is under control so that you can do the things you like to do.
  • If you are admitted to the hospital, make an appointment to see your doctor within 2 weeks of discharge.
  • Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke.

If you would like more information on the Asthma Program, call our Care Management team at 855-412-8004, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.