What Preventive Services are Covered by My Healthcare Plan?

Paediatrics Medical ConceptObamacare made a lot of changes to insurance and healthcare. One thing it changed is what preventive services must be covered by your insurance without having to pay a copayment when delivered by a network provider. If you are under a new health insurance plan or a policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, here are some of the services that must be covered by your healthcare plan.

For Adults:

  • Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
  • Aspirin use for men and women of certain ages
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at high risk
  • Depression screening
  • Many immunization vaccines including Hepatitis A and B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Flu Shot, Measles, mumps, rubella, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, and more
  • Obesity screening and counseling
  • Syphilis screening for adults at higher risk

For Women:

  • Anemia screening for pregnant women
  • Bacteriuria urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women
  • Breast cancer mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
  • Osteoporosis screening for women over 60, depending on risk factors
  • Tobacco use screening and interventions for all women and expanded counseling for pregnant users

For Children:

  • Alcohol and drug use assessments for adolescents
  • Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
  • Behavioral assessments for children
  • Depression screening for adolescents
  • Immunization vaccines for children including Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis A and B, Flu Shot, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and more

You can find out more about the many other preventive services offered on hhs.gov. Take advantage of these preventative services and stay healthy in the New Year!

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