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Which Health Services Are Now Free?

Feb 16, 2012

Don’t forget you have free preventative services to use in 2012!

“Americans of all ages can now get the preventive services they need, like mammograms and the new Annual Wellness Visit, free of charge, as a result of the new health care law,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “With more people taking advantage of these benefits, more lives can be saved, and costly, and often burdensome, diseases can be prevented or caught earlier.”

The Affordable Care Act requires many insurance plans to provide coverage without cost sharing to enrollees for a variety of preventive health services, such as colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, Pap smears and mammograms for women, well-child visits, and flu shots for all children and adults. The law also makes proven preventive services free for most people on Medicare.

For a list of covered preventative services for adults, women – including pregnant women, and children click: Preventative Services.  Please consult your health insurance company or agent for the benefits available to you.

The Affordable Care Act provided approximately 54 million Americans with at least one new free preventive service in 2011 through their private health insurance plans. Secretary Sebelius also announced that an estimated 32.5 million people with Medicare received at least one free preventive benefit in 2011, including the new Annual Wellness Visit, since the health reform law was enacted.  Read more…

Source: US Health and Human Services, News Release – Feb 15, 2012

 

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