Posted 10/26/2013 By KJ Wojciechowski
Obamacare 101: Preventive And Wellness Care Services That Are Provided At No Cost
Along with the ten essential benefits that all health plans must cover starting January 1st, 2014, there is a large number of non-essential benefits, including preventive and wellness benefits, that are provided at no cost to you.
Lists some of the preventive benefits available to all adults, women, and children.
Links to a complete list of such benefits available under the Affordable Care Act.
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The Preventive Care Benefits Available Under The Affordable Care Act
Preventive care, one of the ten essential benefits of all individual and small business plans available after January 1st, 2014, provides all adults and children with services such as screenings, immunizations, drug and alcohol counseling, and many others.
These benefits differ slightly from some others, in that the must be obtained within the network selected by your plan provider, however, they do not require you to pay a copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven't reached your plan's deductible.
For all adults, the benefits include:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling
Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages
Blood Pressure screening for all adults
Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
Special benefits for women include:
Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women
Breast Cancer Genetic Test Counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk for breast cancer
Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk
Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
Benefits for children include:
Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
Depression screening for adolescents
Fluoride Chemoprevention supplements for children without fluoride in their water source
Hearing screening for all newborns
Immunization vaccines for children from birth to age 18
This is just a partial list. For a full list of preventive and wellness benefits available under the Affordble Care Act, you can try your luck at the healthcare.gov site, assuming it has been fixed by the time you read this.
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