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Learn about the Health Insurance Exchange, Benefits of a Primary Care Physician

By Griffin Hospital on 12/1/2014

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

DERBY, CT (Dec. 1, 2014) – Looking for information about getting health insurance through the state health care exchange?
Griffin Hospital will host “Health Insurance – Get It and Get the Most Out of It” on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division Street, Derby.

Hosted by Certified Health Insurance Assister Margaret Sessa, RN, and Dr. Elizabeth Arbia, of Shelton Primary Care, this free talk will provide information on navigating Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, and about the benefits of establishing a “medical home” with a primary care physician.

When it comes to taking care of your health, having health insurance is just a start. Creating a relationship with a primary care physician, also known as a primary care provider, can help you manage your health and save money.

Primary care physicians care for their patients as entire persons. They get to know their patients personally and understand their patients’ medical history so they can recognize changes in a patient’s health and provide one-on-one information about preventative care or how to manage chronic illness. Primary care physicians can also act as an advocate for patients with the insurance company if special treatment is needed.

Dr. Arbia will also highlight the importance of regular physicals and what tests are recommended for individuals as they age.

In addition to the free talk, members of Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program will provide free blood pressure screenings and consultation for attendees. Blood pressure is considered one of the most important health screenings a person can get because high blood pressure has no symptoms so can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke – two of the largest causes of natural death in the country.

This talk is part of Griffin Hospital's Healthy U program, a series of free wellness talks featuring Griffin Hospital medical experts and community partners providing trusted health information and answers to questions on a wide range of topics. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve your spot or for more information, call 203.732.1511 or visit the calendar listing.

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For more information:
Christian Meagher
Communications Specialist
P: 203.732.7431
C: 203.520.1480
F: 203.732.7477

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