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LETTER: Take charge of your health

To start the year off right, by taking charge of their health, women should schedule important preventive screenings such as annual exams. Thanks to Obamacare, women have access to preventive care and checkups that can help us identify abnormalities and potential cancer early, when they are most treatable.

These things can be expensive, but now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, no one has to delay checkups and preventive care because of the cost.

Twenty-seven million currently insured women have already benefited from access to fully covered women’s preventive services, including breast exams and mammograms — 478,000 of them in Colorado.

The law also means that health insurance plans will no longer be able to deny anyone coverage based on pre-existing conditions like breast cancer. This will help women who have overcome breast cancer continue medical care for a more healthy future without fear of losing insurance coverage or going bankrupt.

While the ACA will cover many women, we know there will still be some who aren’t covered. Regardless of your insurance status, Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood health center is here to help every woman access lifesaving cancer screenings from a trusted health care provider. There are even grants, for those who qualify, to assist women needing mammograms and other additional diagnostic work.

Planned Parenthood is a leading provider of breast health care for women in the fight to detect breast cancer early and ensure good breast health.

So whether you, or someone you know has a question about their breast health now, or a year from now, remember, Planned Parenthood’s Glenwood Springs health center has been there for you and your community in the past, and we will continue to be there in the future.

Rebecca Murray

Glenwood Springs health center

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

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