INDIANAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Indianapolis Colts’ Defensive End Kendall Langford has accumulated many tackles throughout his career as a professional football player. Now, he and the Colts are teaming up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana to help tackle pediatric wellness through the “Blue Ticket to Health” campaign, which encourages children, teens and adults throughout the state to get an annual wellness exams.
“As an NFL player, it’s critical for me to see my doctor to stay healthy. As a parent with young children, I know preventive health is important for them, too. So I encourage parents to take their kids to get their exams.”
“Annual exams are crucial for this age group because of how rapidly they are developing and the subsequent changes to their bodies,” explained Kristen Metzger, plan president for Anthem in Indiana.
Langford, an iron man at his position recently held a streak of 135 consecutive games played, added, “As an NFL player, it’s critical for me to see my doctor to stay healthy. As a parent with young children, I know preventive health is important for them, too. So I encourage parents to take their kids to get their exams.”
Thousands of eligible Anthem members ages three through 21 in the Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana and Hoosier Care Connect plans have been contacted by letter and invited to participate in the program. The letters included the “Blue Ticket to Health.” Many have already visited their physician and returned the ticket.
For those who haven’t yet, there is still time to participate. Most physicians have the “Blue Ticket to Health” at their offices. Everyone who gets an exam and returns the ticket with a physician’s signature is entered into drawings for a host of special prizes, including a Colts’ game day experience, jerseys autographed by Langford, access to training camp, locker room tours and more.
About Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Indiana
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield works with the state of Indiana to offer the Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) and Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) health insurance programs for 386,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. HHW serves low-income families, pregnant women and children up to age 19. HIP covers residents age 19 through 64 including low-income families. Anthem has administered benefits and services for HHW since 2007 and HIP since 2008.