What prevention benefits are available through my health plan?

Health insurance plans offer many benefits to help you get healthy and stay healthy. While benefits vary from plan to plan, most offer free health screenings, annual immunizations, smoking cessation programs, maternity and new baby programs, and more. Many offer discounted gym memberships, weight loss programs, and fitness programs. Be sure to contact your health insurance company to see which benefits might be available to you.

Taking an active role in your health includes more than just everyday decisions like making healthy food choices and getting regular exercise. You can use preventive care services, such as annual check-ups or yearly vaccines for the flu, to make sure you’re maintaining good health. Receiving regular preventive care can help you stay healthy, determine your health status and help you detect more serious health conditions earlier. When you visit your healthcare provider for your annual check-up, he or she will decide which health screenings you should receive based on factors such as your personal health history, your current health conditions and your age and gender.

Check with your health insurance plan to see which types of preventive healthcare services are covered. In most cases, as long as you visit a doctor that participates in your health insurance plan’s network of doctors (known as an in-network provider), preventive care services are available at no cost to you.

Want more information before calling your health insurance plan? Click here for a full list of recommended preventive services.