Health Center - Health Care Reform

Health care coverage is important for all Americans, and the Affordable Care Act will significantly change the type of coverage we have and access to that coverage. Learn more here about expansion of covered preventive services, an end to lifetime limits, reduced barriers due to preexisting conditions, mandated coverage for all Americans and other changes that may affect you and your loved ones.

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

team of health care professionalsIf you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the following preventive services must be covered without you being required to pay a co-payment or coinsurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
  • Alcohol misuse: screening and counseling
  • Aspirin: use for men and women of certain ages
  • Blood pressure: screening for all adults
  • Cholesterol: screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
  • Colorectal cancer: screening for adults over 50
  • Depression: screening for adults
  • Type 2 diabetes: screening for adults with high blood pressure
  • Diet: counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
  • HIV: screening for all adults at higher risk
  • Immunization: vaccines for adults—doses, recommended ages and recommended populations vary:
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Herpes zoster
    • Human papillomavirus
    • Influenza (flu shot)
    • Measles, mumps, rubella
    • Meningococcal
    • Pneumococcal
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
    • Varicella
  • Obesity: screening and counseling for all adults
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI): prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
  • Tobacco use: screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users
  • Syphilis: screening for all adults at higher risk