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Published on March 10th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

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Health Tips: Free Preventive Medicine Covered by the Affordable Care Act

 

Health check up... Free preventive services covered by the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Health & Human Services is trying to get the word out that the Affordable Care Act now ensures free preventive health care services for 86 million people with private health insurance and Medicare. Free preventive health services are one of the best weapons that we have in the battle against our ugly national public health trends: the rise of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes. As we know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

These services require no deductible, no co-pay and no supplemental insurance. Insurance policies beginning on or after September 23, 2010 are now required to offer these services at no cost to the consumer. Be sure to know which free services you and your family are now eligible. Call your insurance agency to see which of these preventive screenings you can access, and be sure to request these health services from your primary care provider.

 

So what qualifies as preventive health services? According to www.HealthCare.gov, available free services vary between adults, women and children:

 

Adult Preventive Health Services

 

Preventive Health Services Covered for Women & Pregnancy

 

Note: Services marked with an asterisk ( * ) must be covered with no cost-sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. See Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Access to Preventive Services for Women.

Children’s Preventive Health Services

 

  • Alcohol and Drug Use assessments for adolescents
  • Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
  • Behavioral assessments for children of all ages
  • Blood Pressure screening for children
  • Cervical Dysplasia screening for sexually active females
  • Congenital Hypothyroidism screening for newborns
  • Depression screening for adolescents
  • Developmental screening for children under age 3 & surveillance throughout childhood
  • Dyslipidemia screening for children at higher risk of lipid disorders
  • Fluoride Chemoprevention supplements for children without fluoride in their water source
  • Gonorrhea preventive medication for the eyes of all newborns
  • Hearing screening for all newborns
  • Height, Weight and Body Mass Index measurements for children
  • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin screening for children
  • Hemoglobinopathies or sickle cell screening for newborns
  • HIV screening for adolescents at higher risk
  • Immunization vaccines for children from birth to age 18 — doses & recommended populations vary
  • Iron supplements for children ages 6 to 12 months at risk for anemia
  • Lead screening for children at risk of exposure
  • Medical History for all children throughout development
  • Obesity screening & counseling
  • Oral Health risk assessment for young children
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU) screening for this genetic disorder in newborns
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling & screening for adolescents at higher risk
  • Tuberculin testing for children at higher risk of tuberculosis
  • Vision screening for all children

 

 photo by Bryan R Mason

 




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