When we approach the end of the year, I make wishes and set goals for the New Year. And, of course, the most important wish is to be healthy. However, many women don’t put their health as a priority until it might be too late. We often do fall behind on our routine checks including Pap tests. Often women feel they lack the financial resources and medical coverage necessary to afford the test. The truth is: The Affordable Care Act covers cancer screenings for almost all people, including Pap testing for people with a cervix, no matter what your income level is. And this is the way it should be. Cervical cancer is often asymptomatic until it reaches its later stages. Pap tests and early diagnosis are crucial. That’s why women should have access to the Pap test because it could potentially save their lives. Keep healthy and don’t overlook your routine checks.