Skip to comments.Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans
Posted on 03/18/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
Contact: HHS Press Office
Health Care Laws third anniversary sees health costs slowing down, more value for consumers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that about 71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive health care service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act. The new data was released in a report from HHS today.
Additionally, an estimated 34 million Americans in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have received at least one preventive service, such as an annual wellness visit at no out of pocket cost because of the health care law.
Taken together, this means about 105 million Americans with private health plans and Medicare beneficiaries have been helped by the Affordable Care Acts prevention coverage improvements.
Preventive services, consumer protections, and other reforms under the Affordable Care Act are giving millions of Americans of all ages more value for their health care dollars and contributing to the slowest growth in health care costs in 50 years.
Preventing illnesses before they become serious and more costly to treat helps Americans of all ages stay healthier, Secretary Sebelius said. No longer do Americans have to choose between paying for preventive care and groceries.
Secretary Sebelius released the preventive services report as HHS celebrates the Affordable Care Acts third anniversary this week. The law is keeping down costs and providing more value for consumers and taxpayers through new consumer protections, holding insurance companies accountable, building a smarter health care system, and providing seniors with vital savings on their prescription drugs.
The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans better value for their health insurance plans by:
No, but most unfortunately, we did choose between being Free Men or Slaves to a Smothering Tyrannical State.
They need to start giving government employees "whiz quizzes". Somebody is doing too many recreational drugs.
The solution...start a daily exercise program and up the ante weekly.
The only protection from Obamacare is your own physical fitness.
No matter where you are in terms of fitness...get started ASAP. It is your responsibility to save yourself and your family.
Its must be free, as the patients didn’t pay for it.
Of course, we will all pay for it .... eventually.
What a load of clap trap.
Shut up Katleen!
Why is that “free” is always so expensive?
What an odd statement?
Dontcha wonder what the profit is on all these "free" flu shots??
Preventative care prevents nothing. All the studies show that fact. Even the Congressional Budget Office states that it actually INCREASES medical expenditures.
Notice it says they received coverage not an actual service. Only a propagandist would call something free when your monthly premiums are jacked up to pay for it.
When I add the increase in copay for my prescriptions to my premium my out of pocket payment almost doubled on Jan 1.
Free, eh? So those doctors worked pro bono? No tax dollars were confiscated or money borrowed from China to pay for those “services”? No premiums went up to cover the costs of those FREE services?
Damn. That is a neat trick. Can we start getting some FREE steak dinners?
If its free then who is paying for it?
We all are...plus we’re paying for the union government
Bureaucrats to administer the whole fiasco.
THAT WOMAN IS A LIAR!!!
Its not free, it just forced millions of Americans to pay for a service they had not before wanted to buy.
I want free guns.
At least I have an AMENDMENT to stand on.
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