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Key Facts: Men’s Health Month Initiatives in Pennsylvania

June is Men’s Health Month, and Pennsylvania is promoting access to no-cost preventive health services through insurance. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys emphasized that these services are available under most health insurance plans and highlighted their importance in detecting early-stage diseases. The Affordable Care Act mandates that health insurers cover preventive services without any charge to the insured. These services include screenings for conditions like high blood pressure, cancers, and cholesterol, as well as counseling for alcohol misuse and mental health screenings.

The Shapiro Administration has also been focusing on substance use disorders, particularly among men and communities of color. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is enhancing outreach and has allocated over $6 million in grants for substance use disorder services targeted at communities of color. Pennsylvanians can access the Get Help Now Hotline by DDAP for substance use disorder treatment options, available 24/7 in multiple languages. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department provides a hotline and online resources for insurance queries and complaints regarding denied preventive services.

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