You probably do not plan on you or someone in your family getting sick or hurt, but it happens and it costs. Health insurance can protect you from potentially large expenses. In fact, two thirds of personal bankruptcies are due to medical costs.
Aside from the cost, people without health insurance are less likely to seek and receive preventive care, recommended screenings, and help in managing chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. When they do seek help it is usually after they have been sick for awhile – when it is harder to regain health and more costly.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a Marketplace for purchasing health insurance has been established. The Marketplace may be able to reduce the cost of insurance for you and your family. If you are not insured you may have to pay a fee if you do not get insurance.
Close to a half million Mississippians remain uninsured. Most do not know that the law might give them financial help to assist with the cost. Health insurance does not guarantee good health, but it certainly sets the stage for maintaining and improving health. It can also reduce the stress of financial pressures that can arise if illness or accidents strike.
Information to help you learn more about available health insurance and how to get help:
- Health Insurance For you, For Your Family
- What Do I Need To Know About Health Insurance Costs …Before Considering My Options???
- Do I Qualify for Lower Health Coverage Costs?
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- As spring blooms outdoors, many people with allergies take refuge inside their homes, but indoor air pollutants can trigger allergic reactions, as well.
"Dust, pollen, cockroaches, pet dander, dust mites, and mold and mildew found inside homes can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms for many people," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Make routine cleaning a priority to help control these pollutants."
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or MS-AND, has named David Buys as a recipient of one of its most distinguished awards.
A Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist, Buys was presented with the MS-AND Magnolia Award earlier this month.
The Magnolia Award recognizes individuals outside of the dietetics profession who make significant contributions to the field. It is one of four awards MS-AND makes each year.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- National Ag Day celebrates Food for Life on March 21, but a video series by the Mississippi State University Extension Service promotes nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles every week of the year.
"The Food Factor" is a series of 90-second videos hosted by Natasha Haynes, a Rankin County Extension agent. These spots air weekly on a variety of television outlets, in addition to being available online.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Having performed colonoscopies regularly throughout his career, retired gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace is experienced in identifying precursors of colorectal cancer.
Although he did not feel any of those symptoms himself in 2011, Pace learned after a routine screening that he had the disease.
"My story is effective when I talk to patients who say they feel fine and nothing is going to happen to them," Pace said. "I felt fine before I found out I had colon cancer. Fortunately, I was screened early enough to treat and survive it."