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 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 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.