A Women’s Routine Health Check-Ups Should Never Be Postponed

Why wait when you can have affordable care and keep your body in optimal state. It is important that women find the time for regular routine check-ups with their doctor. Unfortunately, most of the diseases that strike women are breast, cervical, ovarian, and other reproductive cancers, these are silent-killers in that they usually do not produce any noticeable symptoms until in an advanced state. This makes it harder to fight these diseases and the prognosis is usually less of a positive one, when treatment is begun in the later stages of a disease. Women should have a yearly pap-smear and cervical-scrape. This helps your doctor to identify and treat yeast, urinary-tract, and other infections as well as identify early signs of pelvic inflammatory disease or the beginning stages of cancer in a reproductive organ.

Although heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes strike both men and women, they tend to kill more women than men when they strike. This is most likely due to the hormonal differences between men and women. For this reason women should have their cholesterol, blood pressure and weights checked regularly, and even schedule an echo-cardiogram to look for signs of cardiac problems.

There is another disease that strikes males and females, but tends to strike women more and that is: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Characterized by excessive exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, and sometimes flu-like symptoms, this disease can be hard to diagnose. In some cases it is because a doctor thinks these are asymptomatic or just “in the mind” of the women with these complaints. Many women too discount these symptoms chalking it up to their busy lives. If you have these symptoms for more than a week, consult your doctor. Treatment is available. If you’re doctor does not listen to your complaints, ask for a referral to another doctor.

Non-grandfathered individual health insurers and group health plans are facing a new batch of benefits mandates. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will start applying new women’s preventive services requirements this coming Wednesday. HHS officials developed the women’s preventive services benefits package to push ahead with efforts to implement a preventive services provision included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). The PPACA provision requires non-grandfathered issuers and plans to provide coverage for a package of preventive services designed by the Institute of Medicine, a federal advisory panel, without imposing co-payments, deductibles or other cost-sharing payment requirements on the patients.

The HHS women’s preventive services package includes:

Well-woman visits.

Gestational diabetes screening.

Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.

FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.

Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.

HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.

Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.

HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.

HHS is excluding houses of worship and some types of religious employers from the contraceptive services mandate, but it is applying the mandate to hospitals, universities and other nonprofit organizations with strong ties to religious groups. Other PPACA preventive benefits coverage benefits provisions started to take effect in September 2010.

SIMAFinancial Group in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Department of Health and the Office of Countywide Health Planning, is offering a unique opportunity for women 19-64 to obtain insurance and get the health care screening and planning our community so desperately needs. Contact me today to assist you in applying for this program. Women are beautiful, spiritual, strong, and special. Acknowledge your gift of being woman by taking care of your health today.

For further information contact Eddie Sierra or Jennifer Bermudez at 305-219-2140 or 305-596-7600 ext 101.