As kids grow, they explore their individuality. Their health plan grows with them to support new needs and concerns.
We’re committed to following Washington state law that protects the health privacy of children beginning at age 13. That means children can set up their own online member account and receive health communications via email or in their name in the U.S. mail. We also cannot share information about mental, sexual, or reproductive health of children starting at age 13, without their written consent.
We want adolescents and teens to get the care they need. That means we continue to cover preventive care and vaccines.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that both girls and boys get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as early as age 9. It’s covered as preventive care between the ages of 9 and 26 on most health plans. The purpose is to help vaccinate against the most common viruses that can cause cervical cancer. Recommendation is for children to get vaccinated before they're sexually active.
Woman’s exams become important when a young woman is thinking about becoming sexually active, but might be medically necessary for other reasons, such as severe menstrual pain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend pap smears every 3 years beginning at age 21.
Read more about women’s health.
We’re committed to keeping prescription drug costs manageable for our members. Some acne medications can be very expensive, but less expensive equivalents may be available. Our pharmacy tool can help you find the right solution for you.
Most health plans cover mental health services to treat conditions, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or addiction to the same extent physical health concerns are covered. Often the first step is to talk with a primary care provider who can recommend a mental health professional, if needed.
Don’t hesitate to seek help for suspected depression, anxiety, or stress, self-harm, or addiction. Early intervention improves outcomes.
Make sure your child still has health coverage when they step out on their own. Most plans allow young adults up to age 26 to stay on a parent’s health plan.
Universities might require a physical exam or vaccines. These can usually be handled at a well-child (or well adult) visit. Common vaccines include the meningitis vaccine. Talk to your doctor about what is appropriate.
Pediatricians generally see kids through end of college. Sometimes longer if the patient has extensive healthcare needs. But LifeWise benefits cover an adult doctor if your child is ready to move on.
Make sure your child downloads the LifeWise app, so they always have their member ID card on hand.
Use the find a doctor tool to see if your high school or university clinic is in network.
Teens up to age 19 have pediatric vision and dental coverage on most LifeWise plans.
Washington state law requires us to protect the health privacy of children over age 13. That means even if parents pay the plan premium and doctor bills, we are unable to discuss or display sensitive claim information (mental, sexual, or reproductive health) to parents or guardians without consent from the child. Our members over age 13 can sign an authorization release to allow us to share health information with another person. Members 13 and older can set up their own online member account.
Many options for FDA-approved forms of birth control are covered without age restrictions. However, not every brand is covered. Sign into your account to review your options and compare costs.
Some acne medications can be very expensive, but less expensive equivalents are available. Sign into your account to review your options and compare costs.
Orthodontia isn’t covered on our basic plans. Orthodontia benefits are available on some employer-sponsored plans. Check your benefits booklet for more information. Orthodontia is a qualified medical expense and health savings accounts can be used toward the cost of care.