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When we get sick in the winter, as much as we don’t like it, it’s the season that we expect to get sick. With the cold weather and more dreary environment, a scratchy throat or runny nose seems to come with the territory. But when Summer hits, that is not the time to get sick! Is there anything worse that feeling unwell on your summer vacation? Or is it going to be a beach with a stuffed up nose? One of the things that your healthcare provides for you is preventative care. There is no charge involved, and it does exactly what it says it does. It keeps you from getting sick. And while Summer doesn’t always make us think about going to the doctor, it is a great time to make sure that you are healthy. But what exactly is involved? Preventative care includes the following

PREVENTIVE CARE
  • Immunizations and vaccines

    If you read our last blog on the measles, you probably have a good idea of how effective vaccines can be for your health. Many standard immunizations such as the TdAp (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) or the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) are all standard immunizations. Your doctor can help you know if you should need them at all or if it is time for a booster.

  • Wellness check-ups

    Essentially, these check-ups are to make sure that you are healthy. Sometimes they are also called a yearly physical. It can help your doctor know how to better care for you when you are sick. They can measure your weight, height, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol so that when you come back the following year, they can see if you’ve had any significant changes and can address them better.

  • Screenings for cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, depression, and obesity

    Health professionals realize that these issues are some of the most likely to affect our society. So to ensure that a person does not neglect to get the help that they need, these screening are part of their preventative care.

Preventative care can help you in the long run because tests, screenings, and immunizations like these can catch life-altering health issues early while they are most receptive to care. Call your doctor today to make an appointment with them to receive this preventative care that comes with your health insurance.

Summer brings so many good things for us! Time off from school, family vacations, beach trips, warm weather and lots and lots of sunshine! But while you are partaking in soaking up these rays, it is essential to think about how to protect your skin. Your skin can go through some severe damage during this season. So here are fives ways to protect your skin this summer!

  • Drink Water

    When the temperatures rise your body sweats and lose hydration. On top of that, your skin is made up of 64% water. So when you are not drinking enough water, it can show! It can also lead to headaches and itchy patches on your skin. So it is essential that you are keeping your body well hydrated with eight glasses of water a day.

  • Sun protection is key

    One of the most significant issues with too much sun exposure is skin cancer, and one of the easiest ways to avoid this is to wear sunscreen. Anything over SPF 30 will block out about 97% of the UV rays. You will want to make sure that you are covering any part of your skin that will be in the sun and then reapply every two hours. If you are swimming or sweating you may want to apply more often. But sunscreen is not the only way to protect yourself from the sun. You can also cover up with clothing. Light long sleeves and pants and a wide-brimmed hat can do wonders to keep you from getting sunburned. You may also want to seek out shade. Some choose to carry an umbrella with them for a little extra protection against the sun.

  • Exfoliate

    During the summer months, your skin experiences a lot and needs to be exfoliated. Between sweat, sunscreen, and other elements, your skin can be easily clogged and can lead to acne and breakouts. Regular exfoliation and washing allows your pores to breath and makes for happier skin.

  • Feed your skin

    The saying you are what you eat holds some weight here. Your skin reacts to what you are eating, and if you are not feeding yourself good, nutritious foods, your skin is one of the first telltale signs. But eating foods that vary in all the colors of the rainbow can help your skin can help protect your skin from outside elements while also giving you a healthy glow.

  • Quit Smoking

    Smoking has many adverse side effects, but on top of those havoc-wreaking consequences, it also hurts your complexion.
    There are plenty of reasons other than your skin health to give cigarettes the boot—like an increased risk of lung cancer—but all those packs also wreak havoc on your complexion. Smoking causes the small elastic fibers and collagen in your skin to be damaged and over a period that leads to wrinkles in your skin. Smoking makes you age much faster than the average person would. So this summer, put down your tobacco use for good.

    We hope that this list has given you a few helpful tips and tricks to keep your skin happy this summer. We know that it is easy to be excited for beach days and warm vacation spots, but taking care of your skin today will have lasting benefits for the rest of your life.

There are plenty of reasons other than your skin health to give cigarettes the boot—like an increased risk of lung cancer—but all those packs also wreak havoc on your complexion. Smoking causes the small elastic fibers and collagen in your skin to be damaged and over a period that leads to wrinkles in your skin. Smoking makes you age much faster than the average person would. So this summer, put down your tobacco use for good.

We hope that this list has given you a few helpful tips and tricks to keep your skin happy this summer. We know that it is easy to be excited for beach days and warm vacation spots, but taking care of your skin today will have lasting benefits for the rest of your life.

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The Mighty Mind: Suffering From Mental Health Awareness Month

We talk a lot about our physical health, but you may not know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a society, we spend a lot of time dedicated to our health. This comes in the form of education, access to doctor care, sharing about eating for health or promoting physical exercise. But what has not always been prevalent is talking about Mental Health. In fact, speaking about mental health and receiving care for mental health held a stigma for a long time and in specific communities still does. It is critical to raise awareness so that these individuals can receive the care that they so desperately need.

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Here we go again: The Healthcare Debate Flip-Flop

When it comes to healthcare in the news, we should be used to an ever-changing message. So we guess there should be no surprise as Donald Trump picks up the healthcare debate once again and flip flops on his answers.

From the beginning of his political trajectory, our current president has had a lot to say about the Affordable Care Act. He made promises throughout his campaign that it would be abolished. Then when the Republicans came up with a replacement health care plan of their own, they lacked the unification needed to get it passed through the Senate. Healthcare was a big talking point in the 2018 elections, and many believe that the democratic majority win in the house was due to the health care initiatives. Read More

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And out of all of the monthly awareness programs, this one might be one of the most well known in this area. Redlands has held an annual Believe Walk that runs throughout Downtown Redlands that many citizens have participated in. “The purpose of the Stater Bros. Charities & Inland Women Fighting Cancer Believe Walk is to raise critical funds that support cancer-fighting organizations in this region. Through the generosity of sponsors and donors; the Believe Walk will directly impact lives, by providing funds to improve cancer care and support services for cancer patients and their families in the Inland Empire communities of Southern California.”

The Believe Walk will take place on Sunday, October 7th and will start at 8 am! If you are interested in participating, volunteering or donating, please feel free to visit their website at – believeinlandempire.com

Breast Cancer Check-Up

The purpose of this month is to spread awareness of how early detection of breast cancer can save lives. This early awareness can be achieved through self-inspection as well as mammograms. A mammogram is a type of x-ray that allows the tissue in the breast to be examined for any form of cancer that could be there. It is recommended that women over the age of 40 on an annual basis. A mammogram has the potential to show changes in the breast two years before those changes should occur. And equally important is the self-examination which can take place at any time and should be done on a regular basis on women regardless of their age. It is through regular self-examination that many cases of breast cancer are found. Being aware of your own body and any changes that it may be going through is vital to tracking your health. Please be especially aware if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with breast cancer and be checking yourself on a monthly basis.

If you are in need of insurance to cover your annual breast cancer check-up, please speak to us. We can help you find health insurance that fits your needs and your price point. We hope to help everyone find health insurance that they love especially as open enrollment is soon to open.

Healthcare in the News

Healthcare In the News – August Edition

In the past month, we have seen some seriously dramatic news stories about our nation’s health care laws. Usually, dramas of that sort are kept to cable television, but maybe art does imitate life, especially as we watched the news coverage of the US Senate. If you have been living under a rock or just don’t enjoy listening to the news, let us give you a quick fly over.

In May, the House voted to pass the ACHA which had a series of changes to our current Affordable Care Act. The Senate then decided to write their bill however they delayed the voting until they could work out their details within the Republican party. It failed to pass. Then a series of votes continued to try and repeal and possibly replace Obamacare. None of those passed either. The Republican party needed every representative to vote yes, and with some dramatic conversations between party members, the numbers didn’t rally.

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked about the future of healthcare reform, he stated that they had suffered a setback and that the future was “murky.” This murkiness has started talks with Democrats about single payer healthcare. If you are unclear about what single payer healthcare is, you can read about it on our previous blogs: www.bdhealthinsurance.com/single-payer-healthcare and how it doesn’t work here: www.bdhealthinsurance.com/single-payer-healthcare-cons-part-one and here: www.bdhealthinsurance.com/single-payer-healthcare-cons. Representative John Conyer (D- Mich) has already introduced his single payer bill called Medicare for All. He already has the support of about half of the House Democrats behind his bill. Senator Bernie Sanders says he will propose his bill shortly. It will probably look very similar to the plan he posted on his website last year, and we heard him speak about on the campaign trail. We will have to wait and see how this unfolds in the next few months.

Healthcare in the News

It’s hard to write a blog about healthcare in the news when it’s consistently changing. While I sit here and type out these words, I am watching a Senate “vote-a-rama” as the news media is calling it. It’s a live video stream watching the Senate as they debate and discuss healthcare in America. There are still many questions about what is happening with our health care system.  But here is what we do know.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to debate the repeal of Obamacare. The Senate was split down the middle, but the deciding vote came from Vice President Mike Pence as he voted in the affirmative to pursue the debate.  This would start the discussion of what legislation the Senate would vote on. Those options being a Repeal and Replace Obamacare option, a Repeal Only option or the Skinny Bill. Almost immediately the Senate voted no on the Repeal and Replace as well as the Repeal only options. Leaving us with the possibility of passing the Skinny Bill.

But what is the Skinny Bill? The Skinny Bill takes away some of the most unpopular aspects of Obamacare. Namely, it would take away the mandates that state that every American have health insurance as well as the mandate that business owners with over 50 employees must provide health benefits for their employees. It would also take away the tax on medical equipment. The idea of this pared down bill is that they can convince more Republicans to vote on this bill and pass it so that they can then bring it to the House where it can be more clearly laid out and shape the health care system. As of today, we have very few definitive answers. But we will be keeping you informed.