UHA Health Insurance Summer 2018 Newsletter
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Message from the CEO

With the recent high-profile suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who were very successful in their respective careers, the topic of mental health is top of mind.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates rose in nearly every state between 1999 and 2016. It is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country and claims more American lives each year than automobile accidents.  More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Mental health is a critical part of overall wellness and in today’s world we’re faced with all kinds of stressors that can put a strain on our mental health.  We encourage all UHA members to get help from your primary care physician or seek out a mental health care professional should you be experiencing signs of depression or emotional and mental distress.
This November, the Hawai‘i Health at Work Alliance will host its 3rd Annual Hawai‘i Wellness Leaders Conference where we’ll hear from Dr. Daniel G. Amen on the subject of how improving your brain health promotes long-term physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for your employees. I encourage you to attend to learn more about how you can support the mental health of your employees.
On the topic of emotional and mental well-being, I’m happy to announce a new initiative we just launched. UHA recognizes the fact that pets can improve fitness levels, lower stress and increase our overall happiness in general and for this reason, UHA Health Insurance is donating $40 to the Hawaiian Humane Society for each pet insurance application submitted through our website. Because the health benefits of pet ownership are so clear, we feel that support of the Hawaiian Humane Society – which cares for more than 20,000 animals each year – is very much aligned with our goals for increased community health. Though it is not a UHA plan benefit, we’ve partnered with Pets Best to offer pet insurance because of their experience and longevity in the industry. If you have a pet and are interested in learning more to get them coverage, visit

Howard Lee
UHA President & CEO

Member Voice

Protecting your pet with insurance can now help the Hawaiian Humane Society.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies have shown that the overall health benefits of pet ownership include reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness.
UHA recognizes the health benefits pet ownership can have. In our goal to improve the health of our community, UHA Health Insurance will donate $40 to the Hawaiian Humane Society, for each pet insurance application submitted on our web site.
Pets Best will offer the pet insurance, which reimburses up to 90 percent of veterinary bills. It is not a UHA plan benefit, but Pets Best was selected as UHA’s partner because of its experience and longevity in the industry; the company currently insures 100,000 pets across the United States.
If you’re interested in getting pet insurance, the application may be found at Applications may also be submitted by phone at 888.984.8700; applicants should note the referral code UHAHEALTH when applying by phone.

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New & Improved Members and Wellness Pages on

In our effort to improve your experience on our website, we’ve made a few changes under the Members tab:

Health & Wellness Programs
This is where you will find our Live Well and Be Well programs.

live well programs
Live Well

Programs that promote and assist with healthy lifestyle changes

be well programs
Be Well
Programs to educate members on chronic disease management; also includes a summary of popular Preventive Care Benefits

Special Programs & Services
This is where you will find additional services, programs and benefits that you may be less familiar with.

We’ve also updated our Wellness pages to reflect our new Live WellBe WellWork Well products and services. We hope these updates will provide you a better user experience.

Peace of mind from Assist America when traveling  »  View flyer

As a UHA member, you have access to the Global Emergency Services program from Assist America.

Assist America immediately connects you to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other services if you experience a medical emergency while traveling 100 miles or more away from your permanent residence or in another country.*

Download Assist America’s mobile app for convenient access to their services, and enter reference number 01-AA-UHA-01183 to set up the app.


Learn more about Assist America’s services.

*Assist America's services do not replace medical insurance during medical emergencies away from home. All medical costs incurred should be submitted to your health plan and are subject to the policy limits of your health coverage.

Like our UHA Facebook Page!  »  Visit page

Help us grow our Facebook page and stay up-to-date with the latest UHA news.

Employer Voice

Be recognized as a Best Place to Work in 2019!

As a company dedicated to the idea that wellness and prevention are key to better health and a better life, UHA is proud to again be the presenting sponsor of 2019’s Hawaii Best Places to Work event. With the average person spending 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, the workplace can have a tremendous impact on a person’s wellness. We encourage you to register for 2019’s Best Places to Work event! It’s a great way to gain insight into how your employees view your business, and also have the opportunity to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Hawaii Business magazine and their website. With low unemployment rates statewide, being named a Best Place to Work is a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining employees.  Deadline to register is October 26, 2018.
Learn more and register today!

Make it your business to fight the flu  »  Visit page

The workplace is a common site for catching a seasonal flu virus. Flu viruses are spread when people cough, sneeze, or talk to co-workers within six feet. Vaccinating your employees is the best way to prevent the spread of flu in your workplace.

UHA covers worksite seasonal flu shots, free of charge, to UHA members 18 years of age or older. Group administrators, be on the lookout for your Season Flu Shot notice to arrive in the mail in the next few weeks. More info may also be found here.

Hawai'i Health at Work Alliance
A UHA Company

3rd Annual Hawaii Wellness Leaders Conference: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Join us this November and learn from keynote speaker, Daniel G. Amen, M.D. 
Dr. Amen’s research is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.  “You are not stuck with the brain you have, you can make it better, you can change your brain and your life.”

Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. Dr. Amen is a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, 10 time New York Times bestselling author and international speaker.

Learn how to boost performance and cognitive function, prevent early aging of the brain, and promote long-term physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for your employees.
Register Today

HH@WA Facebook  »  Like Us

HH@WA now has a Facebook page! Like us and stay up-to-date with the latest news and wellness tips. Spread the word and help us build our fan-base!

HH@WA Business Membership  »  Join Today

As an HH@WA Business Member you’ll have access to exclusive events, resources and discounts! Join like-minded leaders who are committed to learning from one another’s efforts to institute effective employee wellness programs for a healthy, happy, and productive workforce.

About the Hawaii Health at Work Alliance (HH@WA) »  Learn More

HH@WA was founded in 2013 by UHA Health Insurance in support of its belief that healthy, fit, active and happy employees result in a more productive workforce and ultimately, a healthier Hawai’i.

This collaborative alliance of more than 375 participating organizations has the sole purpose of learning about and applying successful practices in building effective worksite wellness programs, programs that can lead to both sustainable lifestyle changes for employees and improved productivity for employers.

Provider Voice

HPV Vaccinations for Teenagers and Young Adults

Kathleen Kozak, M.D. 

Want to prevent cancer?

Cervical cancer and genital warts are both caused by certain strains of the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. There is a vaccine available to all kids ages 11 and up, to age 26 in women and 21 in men.
Why get the shot? Well, it has been proven to protect women and men for a lifetime, but the most important part is to get it now, before being exposed to HPV. The Centers for Disease Control have noted that 30,000 cases of cancer could be prevented with HPV vaccination each year in the US. That’s one person every 20 minutes of every day that could have prevented their cancer by first getting the vaccine. 

The shots are in a series of two to three, depending on the age when the first shot is given. UHA covers these vaccines 100%, with no additional copay as one of your Be Well preventive care benefits.

The Hawaii Department of Health requires a physical exam for all 7th graders and this is the perfect time to talk to your provider about getting the HPV vaccine series started. 

Prevention is the key, and once someone is exposed to HPV, it’s too late for the vaccine to work. So talk to your provider today about making sure you and your loved ones are protected.

Be Well: Prevent and Manage Illness  »  Learn More

At UHA, our Be Well benefits and programs are especially designed to prevent and manage illness. After all, the best way to reduce down time, and health costs, is to not get sick at all – and to catch illness as early as possible. UHA health insurance plans include a free annual physical examination as well as a variety of tests to identify health risks – and to detect cancer and other conditions – with no co-payment, and no deductible! Check out our newly redesigned Health & Wellness Programs page on our website.

Upcoming Events

Every Saturday
8:00 AM @ Central O‘ahu Regional Park

•  Walk with a Doc

Saturday, August 11 

7:30 AM @ Queen Kapiolani Park

•  American Heart Association's Heart Walk

Wednesday, September 5 

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ Central Union Church - Parish Halls

•  HEC 2nd Annual Workplace Well-Being Resource Fair

Saturday, October 13 

5:00 PM @ Kolowalu Park (Kakaako)

•  PetWalk Paina 2018


Thursday, November 8 
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ Pomaika'i Ballrooms

•  HH@WA 3rd Annual Hawaii Wellness Leaders Conference

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