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The Connection Between Health Care Reform and Preventive Services coverage

08-11-2010 by Colleen King

One of the big things that was to be emphasized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was removing cost barriers to many preventive services.


July 14th the announcement was made by the White House as to what those services are–click here for what is the current comprehensive list:

Covered Services


These services as of September 23, 2010 are to be covered without ‘cost sharing’–before the deductible has been met; no co-pays, no co-insurance. But predominantly on ‘new’ plans. Some of the existing plans will adopt these provisions.


So is this a good thing? People can’t afford to pay for these services so they don’t obtain them in theory. My biggest concern is that we are about to see the ‘Affordable’ go out of the Affordable Care Act. Think about it–these are not ‘free’ services, since someone is going to want to be paid to do them. They are free to you, but they aren’t free.


I’m not being a grinch about this, just a realist. Insurance carriers are going to have to pay someone to do these. And someone’s going to have to pay the insurance companies. Three guesses who that is…..


So IF you have preventive services you need done, check the list above. If you can wait, you might save some money if you do them after September. IF your plan works that way. IF they’re a covered service. IF there isn’t some other question that didn’t get answered on the White House call yesterday.


Don’t want to be a downer, but there are SO many questions that haven’t even been asked yet, let alone answered, just please tread carefully. And stay tuned.



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