Three Things To Do for Men’s Health Month

June 29, 2015

June: the beginning of summer. Beach trips. Block-buster movies. Barbeques. Some of the longest days — and latest sunsets — of the year.

And don’t forget: June is also Men’s Health Month!

Health, health insurance, and going to the doctor might not be hot topics. But it’s important for men to have the facts they need about how to get covered, stay covered, and stay healthy.

You know taking care of your health is important, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to start. Here are 3 ways to take charge:

1. If you don’t have health insurance, see if you qualify to get covered (with financial help) right now.

Depending on your income and your family size, you might qualify for free or low-cost health coverage. And if you do qualify, you could sign up right away. Try this Calculator to find out!

And specific life events — like getting married, having a baby, or losing a job — could also make it possible to get covered. Check out this list of events and see if any have happened to you recently, or are in your future!

If neither of these situations applies to you, mark your calendar for November 1st — that’s when the marketplace opens for business.

2. Schedule a check-up — for free!

Even if you’re perfectly healthy, you should get a “tune-up.” And lots of preventive health care services like check-ups and screenings are FREE with your health insurance. With no co-pay! You could see a doctor for a regular check-up, and get screened for things like blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, and HIV.

Men don’t always get the preventive health care they need to stay healthy. Let’s try to change that. Get more info on which kinds of health care are covered for free, and make an appointment!

3. Get the word out about Men’s Health Month.

Celebrate the month by making sure all the men in your life know how they can get health insurance — and how they can use it to stay healthy.

The Men’s Health Network is running a #ShowUsYourBlue campaign on social media. Wear blue in solidarity with Men’s Health Month, and you can share a picture with the hashtag #ShowUsYourBlue!

However you celebrate Men’s Health Month, remember that June isn’t just the start of the summer. It’s also a chance to get covered, get health care, and stay healthy!

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