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Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian
I like to think that I’m pretty savvy about insurance in general. I just recently had to choose a new health plan now that my son is no longer a dependent, and I was completely confused by all the terms and options I had to understand to choose the correct plan. I spent hours reading and re-reading the information trying to make the best choice for my family. Thank you to United Health Care for sponsoring this conversation and helping me learn about preventive care today.
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Keeping up with preventive care was one of the areas that I was most concerned about. Staying on top of your health so you stay healthy is the first step. But, I wasn’t sure exactly what preventive care included for the kids and me. All the different coverage terms and conditions were confusing, and I found myself searching online trying to figure out what they meant. I understand things like deductible and co-pay, but I had no idea what things like the Health Insurance Marketplace or Advanced Premium Tax Credits were.
Plus, I learned that preventive care isn’t the same for everyone! What is considered preventive care for men or children may not be the same for women. And, even more confusing, preventive care for a woman at 25 isn’t the same as for a woman at 45. By the end of the day, I really needed my lavender essential oil to relax and get rid of some stress!
After doing a bunch of research, I learned that preventive care is care that helps you stay healthy. It includes things like immunizations, vaccines, physical evaluations, lab work, x-rays and medically appropriate health screenings. Exactly what those things are will depend on you, your age, and your current health. Your doctor will help you determine exactly what those things are when you visit and by staying on top of preventive care, you can best manage your health.
I used this handy tool to figure out what preventive care suggestions there were for me at 49. I was really surprised by the answers. I knew it would include a checkup of some sort but I found out that it also included things like blood pressure screenings and obesity screenings. It even included things like domestic violence counseling, quitting smoking, and healthy diet counseling. Of course, women are also covered for things like pregnancy checkups and preventive care. If you aren’t sure what’s covered, the first step is to call the phone number on the back of your insurance card and ask. Then, start scheduling appointments for your preventive care.
If insurance terms and conditions have you a bit confused too, I have a fun way for you to learn more about them and to test your health care knowledge while getting a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card for you to use on anything you want! Treat yourself to a new essential oil diffuser or some new baskets to organize your kitchen.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.