Clean Drinking Water = Healthier Communities
Contributed by: iCare Independent Care Health Plan
Independent Care Health Plan (iCare) is partnering with Culligan to offer a water cooler and free drinking water to members who live in areas with higher-than-normal lead counts. The by-invitation-only program is for homes with pregnant women and/or children age six or younger. Participants will get the water delivered right to their homes.
Lead is a toxic substance and negatively affects many body systems and is most harmful to young children. Lead in the body goes to the brain, liver, kidneys and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones and can build up over time. The good news is that lead contact can be prevented, such as by drinking lead-free water.
“The negative effects of lead are well known. Education is important, but we thought providing healthy drinking water to members at greatest risk will be faster and more effective than education alone,” said Lisa Holden, iCare Vice President of Accountable Care. “We looked at a variety of options and, with insights from Culligan, decided this was the best fit. Culligan has been a good partner to work with.”
Since launching this program, the response from members has been significant. Not only is it a source of clean drinking water, the convenience the water system provides makes the lives of mothers raising young children easier.
“Culligan water system is great and convenient,” says Jazmine, an iCare member. “I have a toddler and it comes with 3 temperatures of water. Hot, cold, and room temperature. Oatmeal is quick and easy. Baby bottles are safe to make. I love the Culligan water system. Thanks iCare!”
Independent Care Health Plan, or iCare, provides managed care coverage for over 30,000 people throughout Wisconsin, many of whom have low incomes or are disabled. iCare has been securing the wellness of people with complex conditions for over two decades. To learn more about how iCare is helping the local communities, check out icarehealthplan.org/stories. You can also visit iCare on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube or call 800-777-4376 (TTY 711).
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