Health education resources

You have benefits and services for medical issues through Aetna Better Health. It pays for things like doctor visits, surgery and medication. But did you know that your plan also can help you stay healthy?

Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI is here to guide you. Trying to quit smoking? We have tips and programs for you. Looking to eat better or start exercising? We can help through resources, libraries and tools.

The services available to you may depend on your age and the state program covering you. Check your member handbook or call us for details.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting (for good), you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are and where to go for help. You will find lots of helpful information here:

Krames Online is an up-to-date patient education resource with more than 4,000 topics relating to health and medication. You can search for answers 24 hours a day. Krames Online allows you and your family the ability to find answers to most questions, both big and small.

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. Learn how to eat better on a budget with Choose My Plate. Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Questions to ask about your medications

Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI wants you to be as healthy as possible. This includes being informed about the different medicines you may need to take. To help you, we have included a list of questions you should always ask your provider when he or she gives you a prescription.

  • Why am I taking this medicine? What is it supposed to do for me?
  • How should the medicine be taken? When? For how many days?
  • Are there any side effects or possible allergic reactions to this medicine?
  • What should I do if I have a side effect or allergic reaction?
  • What will happen if I don't take this medicine?

Carefully read the drug information the pharmacy gives you with your medicine. It will tell you what you should and should not do while taking the medicine. If you still have questions after you get your medicine, ask to speak with the pharmacist or call your provider.

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

State hotline 1-877-863-6338

National Hotline 1-800-799-7233

If you are in a violent relationship, even if the abuser does not live with you, it is wise to develop a safety plan, even if you do not intend to leave the situation. The web site offers specific step you can take to help keep you and your children safe before, during, and after a violent incident.

To get help coming up with your own safety plan go to:

Safety planning

This site is a “clearing house” of all the shelters and domestic violence programs and service organizations offered through each county in the state. If you need help dealing with an abusive partner or are trying to leave, each county has resources to help you.

To find the services in your local county go to:

  • To locate resources near you, you may click the Browse All IL

General preventive exams should include examination of the skin with attention to those with family history of skin cancer or considerable exposure to sun and sunburns. Fair skinned men and women aged 65 and older or people with atypical moles or greater than 50 moles may be at greater risk for melanoma.