Here’s a Great Gift Idea for the Men in Your Life: Health Insurance

November 28, 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life? This year, Maria Parham Health wants you to think outside the box and give them a gift that will truly keep on giving – quality, affordable health insurance. While it may not be the most glamorous gift, it could save his life. Studies show that men continue to lag behind the ladies when it comes to enrolling in health insurance, which is essential for preventive screenings, regular well-checks and other important healthcare services.

How can you help? By encouraging the men in your life to check out the Health Insurance Marketplace, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides quality, affordable insurance options to individuals who don’t have coverage through other means. Everyone in our community who is currently uninsured can take advantage of this year’s open enrollment period and find the plan that gives the right level of coverage and the peace of mind that comes with it. 

Now through January 31, 2017, individuals can shop and compare the comprehensive list of health insurance plans. They vary in scope and price, so it is imperative that serious shoppers spend time exploring their options and make the selection that best meets their needs. And if your dad, brother, boyfriend, uncle, or nephew needs help navigating the system, Maria Parham has a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) available through the end of January. For one-on-one assistance, they can call, email or schedule an in-person visit with our CAC, or they can visit to learn more about the Marketplace. 

In addition to quality health insurance coverage, signing up for insurance will also ensure that the men in your life are not hit with increased federal penalties. In 2016, penalties were $695 a person or 2.5% of your annual income, whichever was higher.  And unfortunately, that number will most likely go up. The 2017 penalty is expected to increase on par with the national rate of inflation.

So before you buy another watch, golf accessories, shirt or toolset, think about a different kind of gift – a gift that will truly keep on giving. Encourage your guys to visit the Health Insurance Marketplace and find the plan that works for them.