Terms and Conditions of Use


Terms and Conditions of Use
Please Read These Terms of Use Carefully Before Using this Site.

Welcome to the www.AHealthierMichigan.org Web site provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). The following Terms and Conditions of Use govern your use of A Healthier Michigan Web site. We may change the Terms and Conditions of Use at any time. Your use of our Web site is your agreement with these Terms and Conditions.  Your use of our website after any updates or changes are made to our Terms and Conditions of Use is your agreement accepting the changes. Please revisit this Terms of Use page often to review any updates. If you disagree with the Terms and Conditions of Use, you are instructed not to use this Web site.

Ownership of this Web site, Submitting Information or Posting Communications, and Restrictions on Use of Materials

BCBSM owns and operates this Web site.  To the extent allowed by law, the contents of the Web site, including but not limited to, the text, images, layout and code provided by BCBSM, are proprietary information, intellectual property, or copyrighted material belonging to BCBSM and its content providers. We and our content providers retain all right, title, and interest in the content we make available to you.

This Web site permits you to post communications or send us information. Unless a Web site page states information you chose to provide will be transmitted in a secure manner, your communication is not private. You are responsible for any communications you choose to post or information you choose to submit that we have not stated is transmitted by secure means. You assume any and all consequences (including, but not limited to, the possible loss of your privacy) resulting from your transmission of any unsecured information.  You own all of the content and information you post on AHealthierMichigan.Org.  For content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos and videos) you specifically give us the following permission: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty free, world wide license to use any IP content that you post.  When you delete IP content any removed content may persist in back up copies for a reasonable period of time.

All comments, visuals, videos, and other types of material posted by members of this site (“User Content”) do not necessarily reflect the opinions or ideals of BCBSM, its employees, or affiliates.  BCBSM does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statement or product claims made here, is not responsible for any User Content on this site, and does not endorse any opinions expressed by members on this site.

No BCBSM material from this Web site may be modified, copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, broadcasted, transmitted, framed, licensed, sold, or distributed in any way without the prior written consent of BCBSM except BCBSM authorizes you to view and download material on the Web site solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You may not erase or alter any copyright or other proprietary notices on any copies you make.

You may not cause or allow anyone to (1) co-brand the Web site or any portion (which means a name, logo trademark or other means of attribution or identification of any party is displayed in such manner reasonably likely to give a Web site user the impression that such other party has the right to display, publish, or distribute the A Healthier Michigan Web site or its accessible content); or (2) frame the Web site or any portion (where the Web site or portion will appear on the same screen with a portion of another website.) You agree to cooperate with A Healthier Michigan in causing any unauthorized co-branding, framing or linking to immediately cease.

Members may not post any materials to this Web site that fall into any of the following categories and BCBSM may remove any materials that fall into any of the following categories:

* Distribute, send, or otherwise post unauthorized commercial communication.
* Distribute any one else’s copyrighted material, intellectual property, or trade secret information without written permission of the owner.
* Interfere with privacy or publicity rights of others.
* Send a sexually-explicit image; use obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, or hateful language.
* Embarrass any person, group or company.
* Pretend to be another person by using their password or otherwise.
* Violate the Children’s On Line Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
* Upload viruses or malicious code.
* Publish, post, distribute, or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, malicious, discriminatory, misleading or unlawful material or information.
* Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
* Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
* Delete any author attributions, legal notices, or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded. 
* Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
* Provide false personal information or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
* Use the Web site for your own commercial gain.
* Share your password or let anyone else access your account.
* Offer any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes on this Web site without A Healthier Michigan’s prior written consent.
* Do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of this Web site.
* Post anyone’s identification documents or personal healthcare information on this Web site.
* Facilitate or encourage any violations of this Terms of Use.

This is your Web site and we encourage you to leave comments, videos, and links here, however, we will review all comments and remove any that are inappropriate or offensive.  You will not use this Web site in violation of any laws. Activity on this Web site is subject to monitoring by A Healthier Michigan at any time. Anyone who uses this site consents to such monitoring and agrees that A Healthier Michigan may use the results of such monitoring without limitation. Please understand the comments posted to this Web site do not represent the opinions of BCBSM.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

The Web site may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. While we try to promptly correct all errors under our control that become known to us, BCBSM makes no representations on the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material. BCBSM has no obligation to update information presented on this Web site, so information herein may be out of date at any given time. Your Web site use and any of its material is at your own risk. Changes are made to the Web site often and can occur at any time.

BCBSM does not warrant that the Web site will operate error free, or without interruption, or that the Web site and its server are free of all computer viruses or computer code harmful to your equipment, your programs, or your data.  The features, functions, service, and content of the Web site are provided on an ‘as is’ basis without any warranties of any kind.

In no event will BCBSM, its service providers, content providers, employees, agents, officers and directors be liable for any incidental, indirect, consequential, or special damages, including loss of revenue or income, loss of programs or data on your equipment, pain and suffering, emotional distress or similar damages even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. If you are dissatisfied with any of the material on this Web site, or with any of BCBSM’s Terms of Use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this site.

No Personal Healthcare Advice or Other Advice

This Web site provides general educational information on health-related issues and provides access to health-related resources for the convenience of our users. This site and its health-related information and resources are not a substitute for professional medical advice or for the care that patients receive from their physicians or other health care providers.

This site and its health-related information resources are not meant to be the practice of medicine, the practice of nursing, or to carry out any professional health care advice or service in the state where you live.  Nothing in this Web site is to be used for medical or nursing diagnosis or professional treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed health care provider. Always consult your health care provider before beginning any new treatment, or if you have any questions regarding a health condition. You should not disregard medical advice, or delay seeking medical advice, because of something you read in this site.

Benefit Information and Eligibility

Any descriptions of BCBSM products and services on this site are offered in outline form as a convenience. They do not contain all the health plan benefit terms, conditions, limitations, procedures, and exclusions that apply to your coverage.

Your Password Responsibilities

Parts of our Web site are password-protected and for use only by members of this site. If you register, you agree to provide us with accurate and complete registration information and to inform us immediately of any updates or other changes to such information. For example, you may not (1) enter, select, or use a false name or an email address owned or controlled by another person with the intent to impersonate that person or (2) use as a User ID a name subject to any rights of a person other than yourself without appropriate authorization. BCBSM reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel a User ID in our discretion.

When you register as a member, you will establish your account password. To protect your privacy, you alone are responsible to keep your password a secret. Do not give out your password or allow it to be seen, or used, by anyone else. If someone else learns your password, they might use this Web site to get private information about you without your knowledge and BCBSM and A Healthier Michigan cannot stop the access until you change your password.

Our Web site allows you to change your password. We recommend that you use this feature to periodically change your password to better protect your privacy. If you think your password no longer is secret, you must use the password page of the Web site to immediately change it to protect your own privacy.

Personal Information A Healthier Michigan collects, and How It Is Used

A Healthier Michigan collects information from users of this site. We use personal information to customize your Internet transaction. Generally, we do not share with third parties the personal information you supply when conducting transactions on our Web site. And generally, unless you specifically key in personal information on our Web site, you browse our Web site anonymously, which means personal information is not collected. We may collect your personal information, such as name, address, etc. using a secure session when you initially register with us at this Web site or if you engage in a transaction that requires an electronic signature, for example.

In addition to personal information, we also gather information on the use of our Web site, including domain name, number of hits, pages visited, length of user session, and so forth to evaluate the usefulness of our site.

Minor Children

This Web site is not meant for use by children under the age of 13. We don’t allow anyone under 13 to have a user ID for our Web site and don’t collect any information from any person we know is under the age of 13. . Parents or guardians are solely responsible for supervising any use of the A Healthier Michigan Web site by minors under their custody.

Links from Our Site

We have links from our Web site to a number of different health care-related sites. We provide these links as a courtesy to help you find information. We are not responsible for the performance or content of sites linked from AHealthierMichigan.org since they are beyond our control. We recommend you read the privacy statements and terms of use on the sites you visit to understand their individual privacy practices.

Termination or Limitation of Access

BCBSM and A Healthier Michigan reserve the right to terminate or limit your access to the Web site or its content at any time without notice.


You shall resolve any claim, cause of action, or dispute (“claim”) you have with us arising out of or relating to this Terms of Use of AHealthierMichigan.org in a state or federal court located in Wayne County, Michigan.  The law of the State of Michigan will govern this Terms of Use, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to conflict provisions.  You agree to submit to personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Wayne County, Michigan for the purpose of litigating all such claims.  If anyone brings a claim against BCBSM related to your actions, content, or information on A Healthier Michigan, you will indemnify BCBSM and hold us harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses in any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to such claim.

We try to keep A Healthier Michigan up, bug-free, and safe, but you use it at your own risk.  BCBSM is providing A Healthier Michigan ‘as is’, without any express or implied warranties including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.  We do not guarantee that A Healthier Michigan will be safe or secure.  A Healthier Michigan is not responsible for the actions, content, information, or data of third parties, and you release BCBSM, its officers, directors, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of our in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third party.  BCBSM will not be liable to you for any lost profits or other consequential, special, indirect, or incidental damages arising out of or in connection with this Terms of Use or A Healthier Michigan.


If any portion of the Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect.  If BCBSM or A Healthier Michigan fails to enforce any of these Terms of Use, its will not be considered a waiver.  Nothing in the Terms of Use shall prevent us from complying with applicable law.


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