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?
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."
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Housecleaning and decluttering efforts can go a long way in preventing home-invading bed bugs from setting up residence where they can feed at night on human hosts.
Bed bugs are nuisance pests that often live, as their name suggests, in beds. Once the bugs are introduced into a home, their extermination requires professional services. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, through the Healthy Homes Initiative, is equipping residents with the knowledge to keep this problem out of their houses.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Most bill payers are keenly aware of the importance of energy efficiency, but a new initiative is placing similar emphasis on environmental concerns.
David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said weatherization focuses on reducing energy bills and increasing comfort, but families need a more comprehensive approach to home improvements.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist David Buys will be a panelist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's largest annual meeting.
The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum hosts more than 1,500 attendees each year. Buys, also a researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, will be one of more than 100 speakers and moderators at the forum.