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MNsure Reminds Men About Insurance Benefits as Part of “National Men’s Health Week”

6/6/2014 10:14:43 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jenni Bowring-McDonough
Media Relations Coordinator
jenni.bowring-mcdonough@state.mn.us
651.539.1976

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As National Men's Health Week approaches, June 9-15, 2014, MNsure is reminding Minnesota men about the health benefits available to them through a Qualified Health Plan, MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance.

The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that 85 percent of men seek medical treatment only when they're sick. Plans purchased through MNsure provide full coverage, with no cost-sharing, for certain preventive care. This means health issues can be found before they cause problems. For men, these services can include:

  • Annual physical exam
  • Annual eye examination
  • Alcohol misuse counseling
  • Aortic aneurysm screening
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Depression screening
  • Diabetes screening
  • Healthy diet counseling
  • HIV screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity screening and counseling
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Tobacco use and counseling

"Getting regular check-ups is an important step toward overall health for all Minnesotans," said CEO Scott Leitz. "I hope these newly-available benefits will encourage men to see their doctor."

To date, 233,273 Minnesotans have enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance through MNsure. 51,115 have enrolled in a qualified health plan, 48,335 in MinnesotaCare and 133,823 in Medical Assistance.

National Men's Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to, and including, Father's Day. Men with specific questions about their preventive care benefits should contact their insurance company directly.

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