07/03/2013 05:54 pm ET Updated Sep 02, 2013

4 Ways to Stay Healthy on the Fourth of July

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is important to remember that the health care law gives you independence to choose a plan that meets your needs in the Health Insurance Marketplace, protects you from being locked out of coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and frees you from being locked into a job because of employer-sponsored coverage.

The law also provides you and your family with access to free screenings, vaccines, counseling, and other preventive services to keep you healthy.

All health plans in the Marketplace and many other plans must cover the preventive services below without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This applies even if you haven't met your yearly deductible.

Learn more about prevention and find care when you need it:

1. Preventive services for all adults: 15 preventive services
2. Preventive care for women: 22 preventive services
3. Preventive care for children: 25 preventive services
4. Medicare preventive care for seniors: 23 preventive services

And try these easy-to-use prevention and wellness tools:

Health Topics A to Z: Browse topics and use interactive tools to help you and your family stay healthy.

MyHealthFinder: Get personalized prevention and wellness recommendations.

Health Insurance Marketplace: Starting in October, all individuals without insurance or looking to make a change can shop for quality, affordable insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

And most importantly, stay safe and healthy this summer and have a happy Fourth of July.