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Be Proactive About Your Health

Many people only think about going to the doctor when they’re sick or injured. But the visits you have with your health care provider to proactively address health issues can be just as — if not more — important.

Preventive care may include a whole range of services such as:

  • Tests for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol

  • Cancer screening such as mammogram and colonoscopy

  • Screenings for sexually transmitted infections

  • Well visits to check up on your overall health

  • Interventions to help you with challenges such as quitting smoking, losing weight or overcoming substance use disorders

  • Pre-natal care for pregnant women

  • Vaccinations

Preventive care guidelines vary based on factors such as your age and stage in life, as well as your personal and family health history. Your doctor can help determine what’s appropriate for you.

Make the Most of Doctor Visits

Take steps to prepare for your visit before you go. Write down some notes to bring with you. Include:

  • Any questions you may have

  • New symptoms you may be experiencing or symptoms that have changed since your last visit

  • Your family health history and concerns you may have about your health risk

  • A list of medications you take including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other supplements

Another important step to prepare for an upcoming doctor visit is to review your benefits, so you’ll know what’s covered. Many health plans cover preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs. But your coverage depends on your specific plan.

Log into My Health Toolkit® any time to review your benefits, view your deductible balance or access your digital ID card. Or use the mobile app, and take your benefits information with you wherever you go.

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