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Trying to protect your kids from every danger known to man is nerve-wracking, and frankly, impossible. Believe me, I’ve tried! It’s refreshing to know that most plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cover preventive health services for children. The preventive check-ups included in your well-child visit may be covered at no cost when you go to your child’s in-network doctor. That’s one less thing parents have to worry about.
One of the first duties we have as parents is to ensure our kids’ health and make them feel loved. It starts during pregnancy with prenatal care, and continues long after they enter the world. Making sure your child is up to date on their well-child visits is one of the many ways to express your endless love and commitment to their health. This will also help to teach them healthy habits for the future.
At your scheduled well-child visit the health care provider will record your child’s height, weight and other important information. Each visit includes a complete physical examination and an opportunity to ask questions about your child’s development. Preventive services for children also include immunizations for children from birth to age 18. There is a long list of preventive services for children and teens covered under ACA. Some of these Preventive Services for Children are (in alphabetical order):
We interviewed a bunch of kids to find out their thoughts on immunizations, and their answers are adorable! Check out the video:
So put your mind at ease and schedule your child’s next appointment today! Don’t wait! For most health plans, these visits are covered as ‘wellness visits’ with no out of pocket expense! (Call the number on the back of your card for benefits).
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