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Health coverage isn’t only for when you’re sick. To get the most value from your plan, here are three ways you can use your benefits right away.

1. Live an active lifestyle and eat better
The best approach to staying healthy is to prevent illness from ever beginning. Well visits are often covered at 100%, so you can use your plan's preventive services to schedule and go to your annual checkup. Speak to your doctors, pay close attention to your health and do your part to stay healthy. You’ll be amazed by how much better life can be! 

2. Catch problems early
At your checkup, your doctor can look for medical problems you may not know about. During your visit, ask questions like: 

  • What tests or screenings do you recommend?
  • What can I do to stay healthy and prevent disease?
  • Do I need to make any lifestyle changes?

3. Prepare for the future
Doing a little homework now can save you time and money if you become sick down the road. Make a list of your medications, research your family's health history and make a note of any health-related concerns or changes. Make sure you understand your coverage, since plan benefits can vary. For more information on how Access Health CT can help you take the best possible care of yourself and your family, go to

In honor of Women’s Health Week, Access Health CT is partnering with NBC to offer a free fitness class at Body Construct in New Britain. Join us for a great workout at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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