Preventive and routine care is care that helps prevent health problems or find them before they become serious. One of the best things you can do for your health is to use these services.
Free Preventive Services
Under health reform, many health plans must cover certain preventive services at no cost to you. This means that you do not pay a co-pay, co-insurance or deductible for these services.
Below is a partial list of preventive services. Learn more about free preventive services at http://www.healthcare.gov/prevention/index.html
- Various tests and screenings during pregnancy
- Breastfeeding support
- Newborn blood tests and hearing screening
- Screenings for various cancers
- Screening for high cholesterol and diabetes
- Screening and prevention counseling for STDs, HIV and hepatitis B
- Vision screening for children
- Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
- Autism screening and behavioral assessments for children
- Blood pressure screening
- Depression screening
- Vaccines (vary for different ages and risk groups)
- Obesity screening and counseling
What Preventive Care Do I Need?
Ask your doctor which exams and tests you should have and how often you should get them. Your plan may have a schedule for these visits. If that schedule does not work for your health needs, talk to your doctor about changing it.
Preventive Care Includes Weight Management
We now know that being overweight or obese is an important health issue. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, some cancers, and many other serious health problems. Ask your doctor and your health plan about programs for people with weight problems. Some plans offer weight management classes and discounts on health club memberships and diet programs. There are also on-line support programs. Some plans may even pay you money to complete a weight management program. To find out if you are overweight, you can check your Body Mass Index (BMI).
Preventive Care Includes Help to Stop Smoking
Smoking and second-hand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, strokes, and other serious health problems. Quitting is not easy, but more and more health plans are offering services to help you. Ask your doctor and your health plan about stop-smoking classes. Ask if your plan covers prescription drugs to help you stop smoking. For help to stop smoking, you can also call California Smokers' Helpline (www.californiasmokershelpline.org) at 1-800-662-8887.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Government agency with Personal Health Guides to routine care
1-800-358-9295 (publications only)
California Smoker's Helpline
Telephone and online help to stop smoking
1-800-662-8887 (many languages)
Lab Tests Online
Information about lab tests
National Immunization Hotline
Guide to vaccines for children and adults
Obesity and Overweight
Information on obesity and chart to check Body Mass Index (BMI)