9Health Fair: You can attend even if you have insurance

DENVER - There's a few things about the 9Health Fair that make it special: Any adult - regardless of insurance status - can attend, no appointments are necessary, you don't have to visit a doctor's office and you can get many screenings for free.

Doctors say the 9Health Fair blood chemistry screening is a good way to have a broad view of your health to discuss with your doctor. Most doctors will use the results of a 9Health Fair blood chemistry screening in addition to or in place of a blood chemistry screening that an insurance plan pays for. A 9Health Fair blood chemistry screening tests for 48 different components. The Affordable Care Act only allows for certain blood screenings based on the patient's risk factors, such as age, gender and family history.

The 9Health Fair blood chemistry screening also costs significantly less than the $150-$250 cost through a doctor's office. The 9Health Fair blood chemistry screening is only $30.

The 9Health Fair reminds people who have insurance, to carefully review their health care plan. They say, it's always better to ask questions regarding your health insurance coverage ahead of time, rather than when treatment is needed - such as knowing what items and services insurance pays, what your out-of-pocket costs will be and the difference between co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles.

Under the Affordable Care Act - people without insurance cannot sign up for insurance. However there are a few exceptions. If a person started a state or federal application for healthcare before the March 31 deadline applicants are allowed to finish the registration process. A person can also sign up for coverage after a "qualifying life event" such as graduating college, moving, losing a job, or getting married.

You can find a fair in your community by visiting: www.9healthfair.org/findafair.

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