By Richard Asinof
WASHINGTON – About 71 million Americans with private health insurance received free preventative care such as a mammogram or flu shot under the Affordable Care Act in 2011 or 2012, according to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The new data was released Monday on the third anniversary of the health care reform law often called Obamacare.
The report also found that an estimated additional 34 million Americans in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have received at least one preventive service, such as an annual wellness visit at no out-of-pocket cost because of the health care law.
Taken together, this means about 105 million Americans with private health plans and Medicare beneficiaries have been helped by the Affordable Care Act’s prevention coverage improvements, according to Sebelius.
“Preventing illnesses before they become serious and more costly to treat helps Americans of all ages stay healthier,” Sebelius said. “No longer do Americans have to choose between paying for preventive care and groceries.”
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, according to Sebelius.
The full report on expanded preventive care for Americans with private health insurance is available at HERE.