December 6, 2015

By: Broderick Johnson, White House and Armin Brott, Men’s Health Network

As men, we don’t always prioritize our health the way we should. So many other responsibilities seem to come first, such as work, family, or making sure our friends and co-workers can count on us. Those things are immensely important, no question. But too often, we fail to appreciate the crucial role that health plays in our ability to deliver on these responsibilities, and we owe it to those we love and depend on us to take our health seriously.

This holiday season, many men will be sitting down with their families to talk about what’s important to them and what makes them grateful. And ultimately, there’s nothing more important than our health and the health of those we love. So, this is the perfect time for men to talk to their families about what they’re doing to stay healthy, and what they’re doing to protect themselves and their families from both preventable diseases and unexpected health problems.

Men account for 57%—nearly six million—of the 10.5 million Americans who are currently uninsured and eligible to purchase health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. That’s a sobering statistic, particularly since health insurance coverage is a key factor in protecting yourself and your family against a health emergency.

Now Is the Time for Action

The Health Insurance Marketplace offers many coverage options—at a lower cost than you might expect—and it’s open for business from now through January 31st. If you or someone you know needs health insurance, now’s your chance to sign up for quality and affordable coverage. Note: If you need 2016 coverage and want it to begin on January 1, you must enroll at HealthCare.gov by December 15. Only a few days remain before the December 15th deadline; don’t miss your chance to get covered.

READ MORE: Engaging Men in Health: A Holiday Season Challenge

Posted by Fathers Incorporated

Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a national, non-profit organization working to build stronger families and communities through the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood. Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement. FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location. From employment and incarceration issues, to child support and domestic violence, FI addresses long-standing problems to achieve long-term results for children, their families, the communities, and nation in which they live.

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