Benefit and Risk Management Services

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BRMS Supports Local Firefighters

This last month has been a busy one for local firefighters. The King Fire started on Saturday, September 13 on Forebay Road near Polluck Pines, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. As the fire rapidly grew, the water supplies for the firefighters were starting to run low. On September 18, a local radio station, 100.5, … Continue Reading

Blog, Community Outreach, Wellness
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Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Warning


Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society, with more cases diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases combined. On Tuesday, the United States surgeon general issued a call to action to prevent the disease, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action. Nearly 5 … Continue Reading

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Back to School Tips for Parents


Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement, and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips. Meet the new teacher For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best … Continue Reading

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Health Policy Brief Updates

Resource Library

In order to reflect continuously changing and evolving health policy issues and perspectives, here are five Health Policy Briefs that have been updated in 2014: Transitioning to ICD-10. All health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically will be required to use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called … Continue Reading

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Mosquito Bite Myths


Just about everyone can agree that mosquitoes are more than a little annoying. They bite, the bites itch and the repellent stinks. Even more disturbing are the incurable viruses these tiny predators can carry including West Nile, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. But just about everything else you thought you knew about mosquitoes … Continue Reading

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10 Simple Ways to Slash Sugar

You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. You’re likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practice Eat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even … Continue Reading

Blog, Wellness
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Sarcoma Awareness Month

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. A sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from certain tissues, like bone and muscle. There are two main types of sarcoma: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop from soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues. They … Continue Reading

Blog, Wellness
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7 Places You’re Forgetting to Put Sunscreen

Not to sound like a broken record, but applying sunscreen (with an SPF of 30 or higher!) is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun. Without it, you’re increasing your risk of sunburns, visible aging, and skin cancer. You probably know to generously coat every exposed area, but there are … Continue Reading

Blog, Wellness
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10 Habits of Healthy Families

Ever wonder how families stay healthy, fit and thin? We asked Dr. Oz for his tips on how to build a healthy family strategy. Dr. Oz says families that make healthy lifestyle choices together, stay healthy together. Here’s his game plan for your family. Don’t go hungry To stay at a healthy weight, you have … Continue Reading

Blog, Wellness
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Hydration & Exercise: How To Get It Right

As much as 60% of your body is made up of water and when you work out, you can lose quite a bit. The American College of Sports Medicine notes that drinking water helps functioning of the joints and body tissues, the regulation of body temperature, and the transportation of nutrients. But some of us … Continue Reading

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