Many Oklahomans are part of the millions of people covered by a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and like others around the country, they may be overlooking one of the biggest benefits of those plans: preventive services.

Along with the financial help available to Americans to help reduce their monthly premiums, the Affordable Care Act covers a number of preventive services that must be offered – free of charge – through every plan.

Preventative services covered under the Affordable Care Act include: Blood pressure screening for adults and children Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk Depression screening for adults Type 2 Diabetes screening for adults with high blood pressure Immunization vaccines for adults and children--doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary Obesity screening and counseling for children and adults Well-woman visits to take advantage of recommended preventive services Behavioral assessments for children of all ages Child preventive physical exams

That’s just a small sampling of the 15 adult services, 22 women’s services and 26 children’s services available under the Affordable Care Act. While every preventative service may not be right for every person, you can work with your health care provider to decide what’s right for you. Also bear in mind that these services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

For a link to these covered services go to www.chcneo.com/enrollment-help and click on the Marketplace plan – Preventive health services button.

Locally, Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc., dba Afton, Grove and Welch Community Health Centers, continue to serve the area with the finest in personalized health care. For details or to schedule an appointment contact (918) 257-8029, (918) 801-7504 or (918) 788-3918 or check us out on the web at www.chcneo.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. A sliding payment scale is available for patients based on family size and income.

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Lee Hilliard, D.Min., Th.D., CAC, is the Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at the Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma. For local enrollment assistance with Marketplace, Insure Oklahoma or SoonerCare, please contact Lee at 918-219-4486 or lhilliard@chcneo.org.