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How will U.S. healthcare reform expand the reach of preventive services?

Prevention is an emphasis of the Affordable Care Act, which encourages taking advantage of preventive services, such as screenings, vaccinations, and counseling by removing common out-of-pocket costs for patients. It eliminates deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance for employer-sponsored health plans or individual health insurance policies created after September 23, 2010.

If everyone takes advantage of these preventive services now offered at no cost, the United States will need many more healthcare providers. The new law also includes incentives for primary care physicians and plans for improving access to care for underserved communities by allocating $11 billion through 2015 to renovate existing community health centers and build new ones and expand the services offered. In total these initiatives will serve as many as 20 million more new patients, many of them African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, seniors, and women and children in their own communities.

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