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Make the Most of Your Routine Health Visits

Make the Most of Your Routine Health Visits

Routine health visits, often called check-ups or well-visits, are a great time to discuss your health concerns with your healthcare provider. You can talk to them about anything, but here are some topics that are generally covered:

  • Family Planning
    Do you want to have a child in the next year? If "no", discuss your goals and different birth control options. If “yes”, discuss how to prepare.
  • Mental Health
    If you are struggling with any mental or emotional health issues, talk to your health care provider. They can complete a screening and, if necessary, determine a treatment plan. If you have diagnosed depression you should have it treated.
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight
    Body Mass Index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. Your health care provider can calculate yours. Then, talk about the recommended amount of physical activity and how to consume a balanced diet.
  • The Medications and Supplements You’re Taking
    Tell your provider as much as you can about the prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you take. Some don’t interact well together, and some can cause birth defects. Your health care provider can help you weigh the risks and benefits of each one.
  • Healthy Relationships
    No matter the type of relationship, they should all be healthy. If you’re experiencing bullying, violence, or abuse of any type, talk to your health care provider. 
  • Substance Use
    Talk about the substances you use. Do you drink? Use tobacco or marijuana? Take recreational drugs? It’s important to discuss what you’re using and how often with your healthcare provider. They can help you weigh risks and benefits.
  • Chronic Conditions
    If you have a chronic disease, it’s important that you discuss it with your healthcare provider. Be sure to inform them about your illness, symptoms, and prescriptions. They can help you manage your condition.
  • Vaccinations
    Get up to date with vaccines like the flu, human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and more.
  • Health Screenings
    Get screened! Have your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides checked. Get screened for STDs as well as breast and cervical cancer.
  • Environmental Hazards
    Are you exposed to any chemical or physical hazards at home or at work? Talk to your provider about the health impacts of these different exposures.

It is an Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that all insurance plans cover the following ten essential benefits.  However, the amount of coverage may vary by insurance provider.  Be sure to review your plan to determine your specific coverage amounts. Essential benefits include:

  • Outpatient care (care not received in a hospital)
  • Emergency services (ambulance and ER)
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Pediatric care
  • Behavioral health treatment (mental health and substance use disorder)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Laboratory services
  • Prevention services (health screenings)
  • Chronic disease management

 

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The information and materials herein are provided for general information purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal or other advice or opinions on any specific matters and are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, plan provider or other professional advisor. This information has been taken from sources believed to be reliable, but there is no guarantee as to its accuracy. In accordance with IRS Circular 230, this communication is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used as or considered a ‘covered opinion’ or other written tax advice and should not be relied upon for any purpose other than its intended purp