Facts about the Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Disease
The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that regulates the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate. The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck. Although the thyroid gland is relatively small, it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue and organ in the body.
Prevalence and Impact of Thyroid Disease
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
Learn More: The Website of the American Thyroid Association®
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.
Get basic information about breast cancer, such as what it is and how it forms, as well as the signs and symptoms of the disease. Visit the American Cancer Society for more information.
What is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
How do people know if they need to change plans?
People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” and “Annual Notice of Change”.
If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.
When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans?
Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October.
Important: Open Enrollment is only a few weeks!
If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get coverage for next year unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment become effective January 1st.
Do You Still Need Health Insurance Coverage?
You can still get health insurance 2 ways: