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What preventive services are encouraged under the healthcare reform law?

The Affordable Care Act encourages taking advantage of preventive services, such as screenings, vaccinations, and counseling by eliminating deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance for employer-sponsored health plans or individual health insurance policies created after September 23, 2010.

Depending on your plan, the following preventive services may be available to you:

  • Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests
  • Many cancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies
  • Counseling on such topics as quitting smoking, losing weight, eating healthfully, treating depression, and reducing alcohol use
  • Routine vaccinations against diseases such as measles, polio or meningitis
  • Flu and pneumonia shots
  • Counseling, screening, and vaccines to ensure healthy pregnancies
Regular well-baby and well-child visits, from birth to age 21

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