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Health Insurance

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.

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News

Erika Glenn of Starkville, Mississippi, does not neglect using sunscreen before exercising around Chadwick Lake on the Mississippi State University campus on June 26, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Health June 27, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sunny, summer days and fair skin tones are not the only risk factors for skin cancer. Cold days, cloudy weather and dark complexions do not eliminate to risk of skin damage and cancers.

"Basically, anytime the sun is below the horizon is the only time any of us are safe from the damaging effects associated with ultraviolet rays," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health May 9, 2017

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.

Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Health April 28, 2017

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."

Filed Under: About Extension, Food and Health, Health April 11, 2017

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.

Natasha Haynes, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Rankin County, hosts the weekly video news feature series, “The Food Factor.” (Photo Illustration by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition March 17, 2017

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.

Watch

DeRegos Bakery September 17, 2017
The Food Factor

DeRegos Bakery

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 1:00am
The Perfect Boiled Egg September 10, 2017
The Food Factor

The Perfect Boiled Egg

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 1:00am
Back to School Lunches August 27, 2017
The Food Factor

Back to School Lunches

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 1:00am
Avocado Recipes August 20, 2017
The Food Factor

Avocado Recipes

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 1:00am
SuperFoods: Avocado August 13, 2017
The Food Factor

SuperFoods: Avocado

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 1:00am

Listen

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:00am
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:00am
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:00am

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