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.
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
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."
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HHS Press Office, March 2013