Don’t lose out on free health services

First published in Landings, May, 2016.

Identifying and treating a health problem before symptoms start or, better yet, preventing a sickness entirely is beneficial to your overall health. Aside from physiological benefits, it can also alleviate potential financial difficulties in the future. Most chronic conditions and many serious diseases may worsen over time, even with medications. Still, treating a disease sooner rather than later can limit its impact on your health.

For these reasons, federal law requires that all health insurance plans cover specific preventive care services, including vaccinations, some disease screenings, and specific forms of counseling. When the Affordable Care Act first came into effect, it provided for free preventive care. Yet even today, three years after the Act began, many people are unaware of these preventive health benefits and how to use them.

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