Advocating Early Detection

Those of you who know me well, know that I can get on a soap box pretty quickly.  I like to think my matter-of-fact attitude about life is refreshing to most people I meet, even though it likely frustrates Jason.  I digress as that’s another topic entirely.  I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t thinking about, talking about, or researching healthcare reform.  Hold the phone, I’m going to say something positive about the ACA!

One of the things I appreciate most about ACA is the focus on preventive care.  I believe in early detection.  One of my clients I’m privileged enough to call a friend was forced to have a colonoscopy by his Primary Care Doctor in May 2011 as he had reached age 50 and hadn’t had one.  He was asymptomatic, but had State 4 Colon Cancer.  If he hadn’t had that screening in May 2011, he wouldn’t be here today.  While his battle isn’t over, he’s lucky to have a battle to fight.  His Doctor should be commended for forcing the man to do something he needed to have done, but was too busy to actually do.

Then today, I spoke with another client, again privileged enough to call a friend, who had Stage 1 Colon Cancer a few years ago.  He doesn’t think things are “quite right”  and is having another screening tomorrow.  Despite the jokes we told between us about the preparation for the test to lighten the mood, I am praying he receives the “all clear” he so hopes to hear.

In all seriousness, cancer is no joke and there are simple preventive screenings available.  The best part of ACA is the focus on preventive.  It doesn’t cost you a copayment, coinsurance, or any money to schedule a mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, or PSA test.  It just costs time.  I know it’s precious, but think of how much more precious that time will be when you have more of it to spend with the ones you love.

So, if you have questions about how your health insurance covers preventive screenings, please call me at 270-663-6253.  Let’s talk.  I’d be glad to buy you a cup of coffee and answer your questions.



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