Advisory Panel Moves to Make HIV Testing Routine – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made a progressive step that recommended “HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65” (NIH, 2012). Previously, only high-risk adults and adolescents were recommended for HIV screening. Routine testing may help to reduce some of the stigma surrounding HIV testing. The Affordable Care Act will cover preventive services that are recommended by the task force, which now includes the HIV screenings. Preventive measures like screenings accelerate testing and treatment and improve public health. For further information, please click here.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – The Affordable Care Act covers many important preventive health services and it is important for you to keep up-to-date with mammograms (breast health tests). Tests are covered every one to two years for women over age 40. For more information about breast cancer testing, please click here.
Affordable Care Act’s Prevention Coverage – The Affordable Care Act’s prevention coverage improvements are helping millions of Americans. Three years after the passing of the Affordable Care Act, new data released from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that about 34 million Americans in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have received at least one free preventive service, such as an annual wellness visit, because of the health care law. The Affordable Care Act is giving millions of Americans of all ages more value for their health care dollars. The full report on expanded preventive care for Americans with private health insurance is available online: Preventive Services. Read the entire HHS press release here.
Comprehensive Dental Reform Act – Legislation to expand dental coverage to millions of Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs has been introduced in the House. This legislation seeks to address barriers many Americans face in accessing oral health care services. If passed, the law will ensure people have dental coverage and access to safe and high-quality oral health care. By extending comprehensive dental coverage, vulnerable populations such as children from low income families, the elderly and members of racial and ethnic minority groups are able to receive treatment of oral disease while it is still manageable. In addition to expanding dental coverage, the Comprehensive Dental Reform Act seeks to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and expand the dental workforce to accommodate the millions more Americans who will become eligible for dental coverage in 2014. See the full bill here.