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Promoting The Power Of Prevention

posted by AHIP

on August 28, 2018

Families across the country are getting their kids ready for a new school year. Back-to-school season is a good time for children—and their parents—to get preventive care, like regular medical and dental check-ups and immunizations. Health plans provide free access to recommended preventive services at in-network providers—giving consumers one less thing to worry about as they take care of their health. These evidence-based preventive services identify warning signs of potential health problems before they develop into more serious, costly conditions. They also help keep existing health conditions under control.

About 86 million adults have prediabetes, with most unaware of their condition. But it’s possible to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes, which can increase a person’s risk for other serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, eye problems, or kidney disease. Leveraging the power of prevention, several AHIP member companies—Denver Health, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue, Anthem, Health Net,  and Cigna—are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. They offer access to lifestyle coaches, health trackers, and various education tools that empower people to improve their health and quality of life.

Recognizing the link between preventive care and overall health, many health insurance providers alert and educate their members who are at risk of developing periodontal disease. Gum disease may be associated with diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, and even cancer. This is why health insurance providers make it easy for members to stay ahead of oral health problems with preventive services like teeth cleanings and routine office visits.

These are just a few examples that show why individuals and families should take advantage of preventive care benefits. Patients can avoid costly medical care later on and get the care they need to live long, healthy lives. Health insurance providers know how important it is to take steps now to avoid future health risks and costs. Our industry has always supported preventive care as a fundamental part of helping the people and communities we serve stay healthy.