Preventive Health Care Can Save Your Life

Because preventive healthcare is vital in preventing or stopping illnesses and diseases, you should be aware of preventive services available under the ACA. These are available regardless of whether annual deductibles are met or not; and most plans, including Marketplace (and, in the case of children, Medicaid), must provide them without charging a co-payment, contingent on the services being delivered by a network provider.

The information below just touches on the many preventive services available. For additional information, go to US Government’s Healthcare website  or check your specific health care plan.

Preventive services for adults include

  • prescribed aspirin regimens to prevent heart disease;
  • cholesterol screening for those of a certain age or at high-risk;
  • type 2 diabetes screening for individuals with high blood pressure.

Preventive health services for women:

Some preventive services include:

  • anemia screening for pregnant women;
  • osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 (providing they have risk factors);
  • mammography screening for women over 40

Preventive health services for children: These include services that range from autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months, to hearing screening for all newborns and vision screening for all children.

The list of preventive services available to children also includes immunization from birth to age 18, but ensure you check for additional details as well as a complete list of all the immunization vaccines.

According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans each year. The right preventive care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, and reduce costs.”