Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to your health. As the calendar turns to a new year, now is the best time to make your health a top priority, and use your health insurance to its fullest extent possible.
“Seeing your doctor for well visits can help catch serious conditions in the earliest stages, when you have the greatest chance for a cure,” says Dr. Cary Shames, chief medical officer of Sharp Health Plan. “This is why you should stay on top of your preventive needs at every age.”
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many people can more easily access preventive health benefits without a copay.*
Free screenings under the ACA may include the following:
- Well baby and well child (up to age 18) physical exams, immunizations and related laboratory services
- Well adult physical exams, immunizations and related laboratory services
- Routine gynecological exams, immunizations and related laboratory services
- Screenings for
*Sexually transmitted infections
*Tobacco and alcohol use/misuse
Many health plans also offer wellness programs designed by certified experts to help you plan, track and celebrate your journey toward your health goals. These programs often include free health tools and interactive resources to help keep you at your healthiest.
Prevention goes a long way in helping you stay active and strong. By using all of the complimentary benefits available to you through your health plan, you are taking charge of what is most important in life: your health.
*These services are only available at no cost when delivered by an in-network provider and you are a member of a non-grandfathered plan. Many benefit plans in effect prior to March 23, 2010, are considered grandfathered plans and are exempt from some aspects of no-cost preventive care.
The information in this article includes recommendations adapted from the Health Resources and Services Administration and preventive services with a rating of A or B from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.