As Summer comes to an end that means it’s time to get ready to go back to school!

Classes to select, school supplies to purchase, new clothes, backpacks, schedules, lunches, transportation and the list goes on and on.  If feels like running a marathon at times.

I’ve come up with a short Back-to-School Health Checklist:

  • Be up to date on vaccines

Vaccinations protect children from a range of serious illnesses and are covered as an essential health benefit.  They are often necessary for some children to be enrolled.   And don’t forget about the flu shot also!

  • Get an annual physical

No back-to-school health checklist would be complete without an annual physical. These head-to-toe checkups may also be required for your child to attend school or to participate in extracurricular activities. The good news is that a well-child visit is yet another covered essential health benefit. (If you are reading this blog you may have just earned a $25 gift card.  The first two people who email me directly will get a Visa gift card!) INA staff not eligible. jramey@insurena.com

  • Don’t have insurance? CHIP may be the answer!

So, the last thing on our back-to-school health checklist is geared towards low-income families, or families who aren’t enrolled in a health insurance plan but are looking to cover their kids. If you fall under this category, you can apply for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP provides high-quality coverage for free or at a reduced cost.

Here’s wishing all the children and young adults a very exciting and successful school year!

I’ll leave you with a quote from Dr. Seuss:

You Have Brains in Your Head.  You Have Feet in Your Shoes.  You Can Steer Yourself Any Direction You Choose!

Best in Health!

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