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Topic: Preventive Services



The ACA requires that insurance plans provide important preventive healthcare services – such as vaccines, screening, counseling, and annual checkups – at no out-of-pocket charge. This provision went into effect in 2011.


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My Health, My Voice

This November 2015 guide from Raising Women’s Voices is for newly insured women who have questions about how to use their health coverage.

Free Preventive Services!

This September 2015 interactive grid from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the preventative services that health plans are required to cover without any cost sharing.

Take Advantage of Preventive Services

This July 2015 fact sheet from the Small Business Health Collaborative details the preventative services that all marketplace health insurance plans are required to offer. Community organizations and brokers can share with the newly insured.

Counseling Patients on Physical Activity

This CME module from the American Medical Association is designed to help physicians and other health care professionals learn to counsel patients on increasing physical activity levels, on dietary guidelines, and on obesity. Physicians who complete the module by January 2016 can receive .5 PRA Category 1 credits. (more…)

Take Advantage of Preventive Care Services

New health insurance covers many preventive health services for your family. Preventive check-ups and screenings can help end illnesses and medical problems early — and improve the health of you and everyone in your family. Be Covered Illinois provides information on what preventive screenings you can access with no out-of-pocket costs even before you meet your deductible.

Preventive Services for Women

This infographic highlights the missed opportunities for preventive counseling on risk factors and reveals that a large proportion of women are unaware that the ACA requires private plans to cover many preventive services without cost sharing. It also shows how lack of insurance impacts rates of mammograms and other screening tests for women and how costs are a barrier that cause some women to postpone services or skip a recommended test or treatment. (more…)

Women’s Health Coverage: Early Experiences with the ACA

This Kaiser Family Foundation survey details findings that include information about delaying care due to cost, recent check-ups, education about preventive services available without coinsurance or copayment, and use of contraception.

Immunization and the ACA

Preventive care can improve health outcomes. This HHS fact sheet details expanding coverage of immunization and immunization recommendations for adults and children.

Preventive Health Benefits, What Are Those?

Most health plans must cover a set of preventive services like shots and screening tests at no cost to you, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This fact sheet from HealthCare.gov lists exactly what those services are and who is eligible for each one, with links to more detailed materials.

Pediatricians on Breast Pump Coverage

This letter from the Illinois Academy of Pediatrics to an to an insurer encourages them to play a role in promoting this prevent service. (more…)

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