Why Preventive Check Ups are Important
Did you know that preventive wellness screenings are one of the ten essential health benefits health insurance plans are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? That means if you purchased a health insurance plan form Your Health Idaho (YHI), you have access to this benefit. Not only is it included, it’s important for your personal health to take advantage of it.
Preventive care encompasses routine health screenings, services, and counseling to help individuals live longer, healthier lives. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start.” When problems are found early, patients have more treatment options.
Here are some examples of preventive screenings and services that would be covered with a plan from YHI:
- Cancer Screenings (colon, breast, prostate, cervical, etc.)
- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings
- Diabetes Screenings
- Well-baby and Well-child Visits
- Counseling and Support (nutrition, tobacco cessation, alcohol misuse, sexually transmitted diseases)
While preventive screenings are covered with every plan, it is important to check with your insurance carrier to ensure you are using an in-network provider or facility when receiving these services. You could end up paying more if you use an out-of-network provider.
For more information, or to compare health insurance plans now, visit yourhealthidaho.org.
Remember, YHI has a statewide network of agents, brokers, and enrollment counselors who are ready to help you navigate the world of health insurance – for free! To search for local help in your area, visit the Find Help page.