Posts Tagged ‘UPHP Update’

UPHP Reminding Members of Important Healthy Michigan Plan Information
Posted on February 07, 2020
Melanie Bicigo

This article was original posted here by mediaBrew Communications Feb. 4, 2020.

Marquette, MI – Upper Peninsula Health Plan is reminding their members who are in the Healthy Michigan Plan that there are some changes that must be followed.  UPHP Chief Operating Officer Melanie Bicigo joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to share the latest information.

Bicigo said, effective January 1, 2020, Michigan law is requiring some Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries to report 80 hours per calendar month of work or other activities to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services in order to keep their coverage. Beneficiaries must report their work or other activities each month, and failure to report activities for three months in one year could result in loss of their health care coverage.

She added that are three ways a Healthy Michigan Plan member can report this information:

First, online. If you have a MI Bridges account, use the MI Bridges Portal by visiting If you don’t have an account yet, you can register online.

Second, by phone. You can call the HMP Work Requirements and Exemption Reporting line at 1-833-895-4355.

And third, in person. Just go right to your local MDHHS office and they can help you onsite.  Theer is also information about available resources can be found online through MI Bridges.

Bicigo said that people with questions can call Upper Peninsula Health Plan 1-800-835-2556 or stop in to our UPHP office in Marquette for help.  There are onsite Community Health Workers that can guide people to employment resources, or help report hours online or by phone.

LISTEN – UPHP Chief Operating Officer Melanie Bicigo with important Healthy Michigan Plan information.

Upper Peninsula Health Plan Shares Tips For Beating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Posted on January 13, 2020
Jennifer Riley on GL Radio

Marquette, MI –  On our latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan update, we heard from Jennifer Riley, Community Health Worker with UPHP, with information about SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

Riley explained the SAD is a type of depression related to changes in seasons and it begins and ends at about the same times every year. She outlined some of the major symptoms of the condition and what some of the causes are believed to be.

She also talked about how SAD is different from the usual “winter blues” we can sometime feel during the winter months and what to do if you suspect you have it, including seeing your doctor.

Riley added that in addition to seeking help from your doctor, there are other things you can do to improve SAD symptoms and lift your mood. First, try making your environment sunnier and brighter. Second, exercise regularly and third, get outside, because even on cold, cloudy days, outdoor light can help.

LISTEN – Jennifer Riley from UPHP with more about SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

This article was original posted here by mediaBrew Communications Jan. 7, 2019.

The Importance of Preventive Care in Staying Healthy
Posted on January 14, 2019

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – On the latest UPHP Update, we heard from Clinical Coordinator Chris Rhoades about preventive care in living a longer, healthier life.

Rhoades joined the Sunny Morning Show to talk about what preventive care is and what some good examples of it are.

He also explained the differences between preventive care and diagnostic care as part of your personal health journey.

Rhoades also delved into the importance of knowing your insurance benefit coverage and how to use it to maintain your preventive care regimen.

He wrapped up with some good tips about preventive care and using the new year as the springboard to get checked and get active.

LISTEN IN – UPHP Clinical Care Coordinator Chris Rhoades with more about preventive care.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on January 8, 2019.


UPHP Encourages Managing Stress For Good Health
Posted on December 12, 2018

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – On the latest Upper Peninsula Health Plan update, the conversation focused on stress management and how it it’s key to staying healthy.

Steve Rudness, Clinical Coordinator with UPHP, joined the Sunny Morning Show today to talk about what stress is, how it can affect us and how to find ways to manage it.

Rudness explained that stress is a natural reaction in our bodies to external pressures that can be both physical and mental and it really only becomes an issue when we allow it to build up within us.

He said there are plenty of ways to manage stress, but one of the best ways is to simply take the time to take care of yourself by doing things you enjoy to do, whether it’s exercising, socializing or just having some quiet time alone.

Rudness also shared several resources to find help in managing your stress in order to live a healthy life.

LISTEN IN – Steve Rudness of Upper Peninsula Health Plan with more about stress management.

This story was originally posted here by Great Lakes Radio, Inc. on December 4, 2018.