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Obamacare Preventive Care

Free Preventive Care! No Copay, No Deductible Thanks You Affordable Care Act

ObamaCare includes preventive care at no out-of-pocket cost on most health plans. ObamaCare's free preventive services help to put the focus on wellness, early detection and prevention instead of treatments and cures.

All services are covered regardless of whether you have met your deductible yet, however they must be done in-network to avoid copays.

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What Preventive Services are Covered Under ObamaCare?

Preventive care covers everything from immunizations, shots, screenings and tests. You'll also get yearly check-ups at additional cost. We have a full list of services below.

Why Cover Preventive Services?

Waiting to treat illness until a person is sick, instead of focusing on prevention, has had a direct effect on the rising health care costs in the U.S. and has caused many Americans to put off seeing a doctor until it's too late due to cost. Preventive care helps you stay healthy. A doctor isn’t someone to see only when you’re sick. Doctors also provide services that help keep you healthy.

It's important to realize that before ObamaCare not all of these services were covered on all plans. Learn more about the other benefits of ObamaCare Americans get at no out-of-pocket cost such as ten essential benefits and no cost discrimination based off of health status or gender.

Though It Would Save Insurers Money They Frequently Would Not Cover Disease Prevention Exams

Since health insurance became a routine benefit of employment, amazingly the insurance companies did not often cover preventative exams or tests. Over time, more insurers have begun offering a smattering of preventive coverage. But, to the insured, it was frequently very expensive until the insured reached the plan deductible. For the past few decades deductibles and premiums rose quickly, and when hard economic times hit, people sought lower premiums that pushed their deductibles up. Once again, preventive health was on the back burner and the pilot light was out. For the uninsured, caring for a cold was challenging enough, preventive exams were a luxury that most could not afford.

Am I Eligible For ObamaCare's Free Preventive Care?

Under ObamaCare most health plans are required to cover certain preventive care services at no out-of-pocket costs. These services don't require you to meet your deductible or other limits and should have no copay. If you are on a plan that doesn't cover essential health benefits and free preventive services check out your State's health insurance marketplace to see if there is a better plan for you.

You may be eligible for free preventive screenings, like blood pressure and cholesterol tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and more. This includes coverage for vaccines and new preventive services for women.

Obama Care Revives and Expands Preventive Health

Some of the first benefits that the American public received under the Affordable Care Act went into effect on September 23, 2010. The Affordable Care Act required that all health insurance policies that went into effect on that day or afterwards had to cover certain preventive services. In addition, these 15 services could not have any cost sharing. No cost sharing simply means no out-of-pocket payments and no need to wait until to reach a deductible.

What Types of Preventive Care Does ObamaCare Cover?

While adults get 15 services covered for preventive care, women get 22 and kids get 26 covered services. These services include some of the most important types of prevention like immunizations, mammograms and wellness visits. Medicare patients also gain some new benefits under the ACA as the 2010 preventive health mandates apply to them as well.

Adult Services

Included in the 15 preventive services for adults are immunizations, screenings for depression, blood pressure, colorectal cancer, and high cholesterol. Diet and alcohol abuse counseling, though not screening services are also included as no out-of-pocket services.

Children are entitled to 26 preventive services. These include a host of developmental and other screenings and immunizations.

  1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
  2. Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling
  3. Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages
  4. Blood Pressure screening for all adults
  5. Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
  6. Colorectal Cancer screening for adults over 50
  7. Depression screening for adults
  8. Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure
  9. Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
  10. HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk
  11. Immunization vaccines for adults--doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:

  12. Obesity screening and counseling for all adults

  13. Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
  14. Syphilis screening for all adults at higher risk
  15. Tobacco Use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users

Women's Preventive Services ObamaCare

In 2012, women became entitled to benefits under specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These provisions include well-woman visits, counseling for domestic violence victims, domestic violence screenings, and contraception counseling and dispensing.

  1. Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women
  2. Breast Cancer Genetic Test Counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk for breast cancer
  3. Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
  4. Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk
  5. Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breast feeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
  6. Cervical Cancer screening for sexually active women
  7. Chlamydia Infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
  8. Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity (not including abortifacient drugs). This does not apply to health plans sponsored by certain exempt “religious employers.”
  9. Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
  10. Folic Acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
  11. Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  12. Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
  13. Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  14. HIV screening and counseling for sexually active women
  15. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test every 3 years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older
  16. Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
  17. Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
  18. Sexually Transmitted Infections counseling for sexually active women
  19. Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
  20. Tobacco Use screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users
  21. Urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women
  22. Well-woman visits to get recommended services for women under 65

Children's Preventive Services ObamaCare

  1. Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
  2. Behavioral assessments for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years5 to 10 years11 to 14 years15 to 17 years.
  3. Blood Pressure screening for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years , 5 to 10 years11 to 14 years15 to 17 years.
  4. Cervical Dysplasia screening for sexually active females
  5. Depression screening for adolescents
  6. Developmental screening for children under age 3
  7. Dyslipidemia screening for children at higher risk of lipid disorders at the following ages: 1 to 4 years5 to 10 years11 to 14 years15 to 17 years.
  8. Fluoride Chemoprevention supplements for children without fluoride in their water source
  9. Gonorrhea preventive medication for the eyes of all newborns
  10. Hearing screening for all newborns
  11. Height, Weight and Body Mass Index measurements for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years5 to 10 years11 to 14 years15 to 17 years.
  12. Hematocrit or Hemoglobin screening for children
  13. Hemoglobinopathies or sickle cell screening for newborns
  14. HIV screening for adolescents at higher risk
  15. **Hypothyroidism screening for newborns
  16. Immunization vaccines for children from birth to age 18 —doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:

  17. Iron supplements for children ages 6 to 12 months at risk for anemia

  18. Lead screening for children at risk of exposure

  19. Medical History for all children throughout development at the following ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years , 5 to 10 years ,11 to 14 years , 15 to 17 years.
  20. Obesity screening and counseling
  21. Oral Health risk assessment for young children Ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years5 to 10 years.
  22. Phenylketonuria (PKU) screening for this genetic disorder in newborns
  23. Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling and screening for adolescents at higher risk
  24. Tuberculin testing for children at higher risk of tuberculosis at the following ages: 0 to 11 months1 to 4 years5 to 10 years,11 to 14 years15 to 17 years.
  25. Vision screening for all children.

More About the Affordable Care Act and Preventive Care

All plans starting January 1, 2014 or later will feature these no-out-of-pocket preventive health exams.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 54 million Americans have received no-out-pocket care already. That is incredible for a law that is not fully implanted.

Imagine how beneficial Obamacare will be when fully implanted on January 1, 2014. Now that you understand some of the preventive care that is covered on new plans it's time to go see if you qualify for cost assistance on a new marketplace plan or to learn more about ObamaCare's new benefits, rights and protections.