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How does U.S. healthcare reform attempt to encourage prevention?

Key provisions of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 recognize that many of us fail to get the care we need to prevent serious illness. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, but it does not have to be that way. There are many things we can do to lessen our risk for cardiovascular disease and many other diseases. The Act has earmarked $15 billion to create the Prevention and Public Health Fund to invest in proven prevention and public health programs to help Americans lose weight, stop smoking, and adopt other healthy habits.
The Act makes taking advantage of preventive services, such as screenings, vaccinations, and counseling more appealing and affordable by eliminating deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance for employer-sponsored health plans or individual health insurance policies created after September 23, 2010, including preventive services specifically for children and pregnant women. However, some plans may charge you for out-of-network providers and office visits.

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