Health Plans to Provide Free Preventive Care
In an unveiling ceremony held Wednesday, the White House issued new regulations that will require all health insurance plans to provide certain preventive services at no cost to patients.
The rules, which belong to the Affordable Care Act, will go into effect on September 23, 2010. Patients who enroll in health plans on or after this date will be eligible to take advantage of a long list of "evidence-based preventive services," according to a news release by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Copays, deductibles, and coinsurance payments will be eliminated for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests; certain cancer screenings; counseling services for smoking, alcohol, depression, and obesity; as well as routine vaccines and flu and pneumonia shots.
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