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September 21, 2017

Don't delay: Get your free flu shot this fall

Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot by the end of October? If you have Marketplace health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan's network. Here are 3 more reasons you should get the flu shot:

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3 reasons to get the flu shot

  • It helps keep your family and friends healthy: In addition to keeping you healthy, getting vaccinated yourself helps protect people around you, especially those who are more prone to getting sick, like babies, children, and older people.
  • It's a small step to better health and well-being: By protecting yourself from the flu, you may have fewer doctor's visits and miss less work or school.
  • Nobody likes being sick: The flu shot can help protect against unpleasant side effects of the flu, including fever, chills, and fatigue.

Get more information on the 2018 flu season from the CDC.

September 14, 2017

Don’t miss out on 2018 Marketplace Open Enrollment updates

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance starts November 1! It’s shorter this year and ends December 15. Connect with us now, so you don’t miss out on deadline reminders and updates.

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3 ways to stay up-to-date about the Marketplace

  • Sign up for email or text updates and reminders: Visit the HealthCare.gov homepage, enter your email address under “Get important news & updates,” and click “Sign up.”

  • Connect with someone in your area to answer any questions you have: Visit our Find Local Help page and search by city and state or ZIP code to find trained helpers in your community.

  • Interact with us on social media: Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Get more information on 2018 Open Enrollment

September 7, 2017

5 easy ways to improve your health with Marketplace coverage

Health coverage is important whether you're sick or healthy. Here are 5 ways your health insurance can help you maximize your health and well-being:

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  • Take advantage of free preventive services: You may be able to get an annual visit or recommended preventive services for free, like the flu shot and depression screening.

  • Keep all your health information in one place: Use our "Coverage to Care: Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You (PDF)" to keep track of your coverage information, your providers, and your health. Use the checklist in the back to track your results.

  • Understand your insurance membership package: You probably got a membership package with information about your coverage and an insurance card. Read your materials carefully. You may need them when you see a provider or when you call your insurance company with questions. Never let anyone else use your insurance card.

  • Use an in-network provider: Not all types of providers and facilities take all insurance plans or types of coverage, and most of the time, you’ll pay less to see a provider in your network. Call the office before you go to make sure they see patients with your coverage. If you’re in an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, at work, and in the community: Health insurance is important, but there's no substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Make time for physical activity, healthy eating, relaxation, and sleep.

Get more information on improving your health.

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