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Health Sharing Plans (HSP)

2024-04-15T13:14:25+00:00April 15th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Health Care, Public Health|

Exploring Better Health Care.

Health Sharing Plans and Direct Primary Care.

The rising cost of health inurance causes stress for many. It is well known that the United States spends more than any other country and our outcomes are worse. We have a declining life expectancy and some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. It is time to look for a better option. Direct Primary Care paired with Health Sharing Plans (HSP) offer a higher quality of care and provide signficant savings on healthcare expenses. Lets look at the fundamentals of HSPs and analyze their distinctions from conventional insurance coverage.

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Health Sharing Plans (HSP): How It Works

Members in an HSPshare medical costs. As part of an HSP, you are responsible for paying an initial unshareable amount (IUA) each month (like a premium). There is also an “annual unshared amount” (like a deductible) that your medical expenses must exceed before the plan shares your expenses.

Health care sharing can be great for people who:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Are not eligible for a tax credit based on income
  • Lack access to insurance through an employer or government program
  • Only want/need catastrophic coverage
  • Want to pay less in health insurance premiums

 

HSP vs Health Insurance

The Pros:

  • HSP counts as insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even though they are not insurance. This allows for affordable healthcare benefits while avoiding the tax penalty for going uninsured.
  • HSP are provided at a much lower monthly cost.
  • The annual “unshared amount” is much, much lower than deductibles for insurance plans.
  • You have any choice of provider. There are no network requirements. If you pay out-of-pocket, health sharing plans reimburse your expense.

The Cons:

  • Health care sharing plans are not required to cover pre-existing conditions at the time of enrollment such as cancer, diabetes, or smoking. Those who have them may be declined membership or won’t have the conditions fully covered for a year or more.
  • Health care sharing also doesn’t typically cover the essential health benefits like wellness exams or mental health counseling…. this is where DIRECT PRIMARY CARE really shines.

HSP and Direct Primary Care (DPC) work well together

DPC will meet vast majority of a person’s primary health care needs and any urgent care needs for a low monthly fee without copays or deductibles. DPC ensures access discounted cost laboratories, medications , and consultations with specialists. DPC members receive higher quality care with better access to their physician without the wait.

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Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

2024-04-11T00:41:38+00:00April 8th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Navigating Health:

National Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Understanding the Risks:

Alcohol and tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, pose significant risks, contributing to 75% of cases. Concurrent use exacerbates the risk.

Raising Awareness:

Empowering informed health choices and encouraging regular screenings for early detection.

Self-Examination:

Stay vigilant for red or white patches, lumps, or bumps in the mouth, throat, or neck. Seek medical evaluation if symptoms persist beyond two weeks.

Roots Health DPC prioritizes the patient-physician relationship .

Lower your Risk!

Take proactive measures to minimize risk:

  1. Steer clear of tobacco and smokeless tobacco.
  2. Moderate alcohol intake.
  3. Stay current with check-ups.

We offer screening services and personalized guidance, to support your health journey.

Alcohol Awareness Month

2024-04-01T14:09:46+00:00April 1st, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Navigate Wellness:

Alcohol Awareness Month

Let’s illuminate the risks of excessive alcohol consumption and guide individuals toward healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness.

The Importance of Awareness:

Making informed decisions about drinking habits starts with becoming aware. People who suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD) are often preoccupied with alcohol and can find it hard to control their consumption.

Promoting wellness and embracing a balanced lifestyle.

Statistics on Alcohol Addiction & Use in the US:

Alarming statistics reveal the prevalence of alcohol addiction. 51% of people aged 12 and older engage in binge drinking monthly, while over 14 million have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), with liver disease deaths attributed to alcohol use.

Navigating Healthy Habits:

We emphasize balanced wellness and educates on the short- and long-term health issues associated with AUD, and options for both prevention and treatment.

Our Commitment to Support:

We pledge support during Alcohol Awareness Month and beyond, encouraging dialogue, providing resources, and offering personalized guidance to prioritize well-being.

Join us at Roots Health DPC in promoting wellness and embracing a balanced lifestyle.

Colorectal Cancer

2024-03-25T13:14:06+00:00March 25th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Colorectal cancer is serious, but the good news is that it’s preventable with timely screening. At Roots Health Direct Primary Care, we’re dedicated to empowering you with knowledge and proactive healthcare solutions. Let’s explore why colorectal cancer screening matters and how it saves lives.

Why Screening Matters:

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. Screening is key to catching it early when treatment is most effective. By detecting and removing precancerous polyps, screening can prevent cancer from developing in the first place.

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Screening Recommendations:

The American Cancer Society advises starting screening at age 45 for most individuals. If you have a family history or other risk factors, talk to us about personalized screening recommendations tailored to your needs.

Simple Screening Options:

We offer convenient screening options tailored to your preferences. From the gold standard colonoscopy to at-home kits, we’ll help you find the right fit for your lifestyle and peace of mind.

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear—take control of your health today with colorectal cancer screening.

Why Choose Us?

At Roots Health DPC, we prioritize your health and well-being. With personalized care and a focus on prevention, we’re here to guide you every step of the way on your journey to better health.

Managing Prediabetes

2024-03-18T13:53:46+00:00March 18th, 2024|Community, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Empower Your Health:

Managing Prediabetes with Lifestyle Changes

Discovering you have prediabetes doesn’t mean you’re destined for diabetes. It’s a powerful opportunity to take charge of your health and prevent future complications.

At Roots Health Direct Primary Care, we specialize in helping patients prevent diabetes.

Here’s how you can proactively manage prediabetes and reduce your risk of developing diabetes:

1. Healthy Eating: Fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Minimize intake of meats, sweets, and refined grains. Mastering portion control and understanding carbohydrate content are key components of a healthy eating plan.
2. Weight Management: Shedding even a modest amount of excess weight can significantly lower your diabetes risk. Aim for a weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. Work closely with your doctor to develop a safe and sustainable weight loss strategy.

3. Stay Active: Incorporate just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity into your daily routine. Whether it’s walking, gardening, or dancing, find enjoyable activities that get your body moving and promote overall wellness.

4. Quit Smoking: If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health. Enlist the support of your healthcare provider to explore effective cessation strategies tailored to your needs.
5. Medical Options: In some cases, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to manage prediabetes. Your doctor may recommend medications like metformin to further reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Discuss the potential benefits and risks of medical interventions to make an informed decision.

Being proactive now, creates a healthy future.

Myths About Diabetes

2024-03-11T12:56:52+00:00March 11th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Health Care, Public Health|

Busting Common Myths About Diabetes

Did you know that over 96 million American adults are living with prediabetes, yet a staggering 80% of them are unaware of their condition? It’s time to shed some light on this silent threat and dispel the myths surrounding diabetes.

Unlock the Power of Knowledge. Create a health plan tailored to you.

Myth #1: Healthy Weight = No Diabetes Risk

While obesity is a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t guarantee immunity. Even individuals at a healthy weight can develop diabetes, emphasizing the importance of lifestyle choices beyond the scale.

Myth #2: Diabetes is Just a Family Affair

While family history does play a role, age, heart health, and lifestyle choices also contribute to your diabetes risk. Regardless of your family background, adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk.

Myth #3: Diabetes is Inevitable

Contrary to popular belief, you have the power to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through lifestyle modifications. From maintaining a healthy weight to quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

Myth #4: Blame Game: It’s Your Fault

Diabetes is a complex disease influenced by various factors, including genetics and lifestyle. Blaming individuals for their condition overlooks the multifaceted nature of diabetes and undermines efforts to promote understanding and support.

Myth #5: Diabetes is Just a Minor Inconvenience

Diabetes isn’t just a nuisance – it’s a serious health condition with potentially life-threatening complications. From heart disease to blindness, diabetes can significantly impact quality of life and longevity.

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