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Men’s health tips: Preventive care to keep you healthy

When life gets busy, staying healthy keeps you on top of your game. Make sure you’re getting your health insurance freebies to get and stay healthy.

By Kate Sahnow
July 28, 2017

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Whether you’re a runner, a hunter, or a hockey dad, stay in the game by taking advantage of free men's preventive care screenings covered by your health insurance.

Almost every health plan* covers a bunch of services at 100 percent (no out-of-pocket cost to you) to help keep men healthy and out of that waiting room.

Called routine preventive care services, they truly cost you nothing:

  • Nothing to pay when you visit the doctor (copays)
  • No sharing the cost of your care with your plan (coinsurance)
  • No amount you have to pay yourself first before your plan helps (deductible) – as long as you get them from a doctor or clinic your plan covers.

Preventive care services are there to keep you feeling great and use less care that costs you money in the long run.

Here’s what’s covered:

  • Many immunizations, like flu shots and vaccines for human papilloma virus, measles, mumps and rubella, and chickenpox
  • Initial screening of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Initial screening for cancers, like colon cancer
  • Screening and prevention help for sexually transmitted infections, like HIV and chlamydia
  • Screening for depression, alcohol misuse and smoking
  • Help quitting smoking
  • Diet and obesity counseling

Learn about covered preventive services for:

Get your freebies

To see a full list of all preventive services plans covered at 100 percent and what’s recommended for someone your age, visit The CDC’s website.

HealthPartners members: Log on to see what’s recommended for you.

If you're not sure if something is considered preventive for YOU, call your insurance company and ask!

*The one exception is “grandfathered” plans – or certain existing health plans that haven’t changed in several years – and do not have to cover all preventive care services. Your employer has to tell you if your plan is grandfathered, but if you’re not sure, call and ask.

About Kate Sahnow

Kate Sahnow is a HealthPartners Member Services leader supporting MNsure members through phone calls, email, chat, and walk-ins. Connecting members to support programs so they can achieve their best health is what makes her job so rewarding. Outside of work, Kate loves spending time with her husband, son Ethan, and daughter Cora. They are passionate about sustainability, own two electric vehicles, and enjoy taking yearly vacations to Ely, Minnesota.

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