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71 Million Americans With Private Health Insurance Benefit With Affordable Care Act

by Vanessa Jones on  March 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM Health Insurance News   - G J E 4
Three years after the Health Care Law costs consumers get more value and stable prices.
 71 Million Americans With Private Health Insurance Benefit With Affordable Care Act
71 Million Americans With Private Health Insurance Benefit With Affordable Care Act
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Kathleen Sebelius - Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 71 million people in the private health insurance plans received at least one preventive care service - a free mammogram or flu shot due to the Affordable Care Act in 2011-2012.

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Moreover, about 34 million Americans in Medicare and Medicare Advantage have received one preventive service like a General health check-up - without paying anything out of their pockets.

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."

This report was released by HHS as this week is the third anniversary for the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans better value for their health insurance plans by:

Doing away with lifetime dollar caps - on essential health benefits. 105 million Americans will no longer have fears of losing their benefits as insurers can no longer put caps on the amount of pay out.

Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

From 1st January 2014 no American individual can be denied insurance for pre-existing illnesses.

Women will not be charged more. . "That means," Secretary Sebelius said, "being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition."

References:

Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)

HHS Press Office, March 2013

Source: Medindia
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