Your new health care plan provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) likely took effect on January 1. If not, your plan should be taking effect in the coming weeks.
ACA plans are unique plans designed by the U.S. government to provide a wide range of medical services. Most Affordable Care Act plans provide extremely comprehensive health care and preventative services.
Preventative services are tests and treatments to help catch conditions that could become more serious later. You might wonder what preventative services these plans cover.
All Affordable Care Act plans usually provide these services at no cost to you. Most adults qualify for the following preventative services:
Blood pressure screening
A wide range of vaccinations. These can range from the yearly flu shot to other common vaccines like Mumps and Hepatitis
Cancer screenings for Lung and Colorectal cancer
Obesity and diet counseling and screening
Some forms of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screenings, including Syphilis
Alcohol and Tobacco use counseling
Additionally, Women and Children also receive some specialized preventative services.
Women can receive things like:
Breast cancer screenings and mammograms
Cervical cancer screenings
Domestic violence counseling
Access to certain contraceptives and birth control methods, though these come with exemptions
Children can receive preventative services themselves. Children qualify for services like:
Common childhood vaccines
Medical history screenings
Obesity, depression and alcohol and tobacco use screenings
Keep in mind that many preventative services come with age recommendations. For example, a woman might only get osteoporosis screenings after she turns 65. Children might only qualify for certain childhood testing when they are newborns or infants.
Nonetheless, a great step towards wellness is to take advantage of preventative services offered by ACA plans. By doing so, you can stop potential problems from developing.
Simpson Financial Group is here to help you understand your services. We have a variety of online resources to help you pick the best coverages. If you have questions, go online or call us at (877) 727-7780.