This probably won’t come as a surprise: women make 80 percent of the health care decisions in their families.
From choosing a health insurance plan to scheduling doctor visits to making sure the kids are up-to-date on their shots, women often take the lead in keeping their families healthy. But women’s own health may take a backseat in their busy lives.
For National Women's Health Week, celebrated May 14-20 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women's Health, we want to help empower women to make their health a priority.
Steps you can take for better health
- Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
Know what your health plan covers
Health plans cover many benefits that are important to women, including doctor visits, prescriptions, mental health care, and pregnancy and newborn care.
Under the current health law, plans also cover many preventive services for women without charging a copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible.
- Screenings for many sexually transmitted infections
- Breast cancer mammography screenings for women over 40
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
- Tobacco use screening and interventions
- Well-woman visits to get recommended services for women under 65
- Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
- Contraception and patient education and counseling
If you don’t have health coverage, check if you’re eligible to enroll now
Many people can sign up for health coverage now, before the annual open enrollment period starts this fall for 2018 coverage.
If you’re eligible for Medicaid, or if you’re recently had certain life events (like getting married, having a baby or adopting, or losing other health coverage), you may be able to get covered now.
Plus, you may qualify for financial help to make health coverage more affordable. Last year, nine out of 10 Marylanders enrolled through us qualified for financial help like tax credits.
If you’re pregnant or have children, you can earn more than other adults and still qualify for Medicaid. You can apply for Medicaid at any point during your pregnancy.
About Maryland Health Connection
Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare plans and enroll in health and dental coverage. It’s the only place to get financial help with health insurance. See if you qualify for financial help like tax credits or Medicaid/MCHP to make health insurance more affordable.