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Preventive Care

More Women Getting Breast Screenings Under Medicaid Expansion

If you’re a low-income woman, you’re more likely to get screened for breast cancer if you live in a state that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act than in a state that didn’t. According to new research, low-income women who lived in a handful of early-adopter states that implemented Medicaid expansion by 2011 were… read full article

Get Your Well-Woman Visit Every Year

The Basics Schedule your well-woman visit with a doctor or nurse every year. The well-woman visit is an important way to help you stay healthy. Well-woman visits include a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on preventive care for women, which may include: Services, like shots, that… read full article

Stay healthy this flu season with free preventive health services from the Marketplace

Flu season is here, and getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this potentially serious disease. If you’re covered by a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you and your family can get free flu shots from a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network…. read full article

Trip to Dentist Can Help Detect Oral Cancer Early

Ask most doctors and they’ll tell you that your mouth is really the foundation of your entire health, so oral cancer screenings are a main reason that you shouldn’t skip your next trip to the dentist. Dr. Bryan Wilson, of Contemporary General Dentistry, said checking for oral cancer, among other mouth diseases, is part of… read full article

State Residents Not Using Free Preventive Care, Worried About Costs, Survey Finds

A 50-year-old woman in Windsor, hadn’t seen a primary care doctor in years when she decided to go for a physical this summer. She didn’t ask about preventive care screenings, such as a mammogram or Pap test, in part because she worried they might involve an insurance co-pay or deductible. Her household income is below… read full article

How Exercise Can Help You

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active. Here are just a few of the benefits. Exercise and physical activity: Can… read full article

Surgeon General Calls for Steps to Promote Healthy Walking

Take a walk: That’s the U.S. surgeon general’s prescription for sedentary Americans — but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health, Surgeon General… read full article

Surviving a Summer Cold

It’s glorious summer – but that insidious bug responsible for your runny nose and wheezing cough isn’t showing any sign of going on vacation. According to doctors, summer colds can yield many questions from patients: If I have an ordinary cold, why do I feel worse when it’s warm out? Are my persistent symptoms really… read full article

How Vaccines Prevent Disease

Most vaccine-preventable diseases are caused by germs that are called viruses or bacteria. Vaccines to help prevent these diseases generally contain weakened or killed viruses or bacteria specific to the disease. Vaccines help your body recognize and fight these germs and protect you each time you come in contact with someone who is sick with… read full article

Gov. Malloy Reminds Residents to Take Necessary Precautions During Summer Heat

Call 2-1-1 for Information on Nearby Cooling Centers Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the height of the summer season. For the most up-to-date list on available cooling centers that have been opened to the public across the state, Connecticut residents can contact the state’s… read full article