Skip to comments.Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans
Posted on 03/18/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
Contact: HHS Press Office
Health Care Laws third anniversary sees health costs slowing down, more value for consumers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that about 71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive health care service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act. The new data was released in a report from HHS today.
Additionally, an estimated 34 million Americans in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have received at least one preventive service, such as an annual wellness visit at no out of pocket cost because of the health care law.
Taken together, this means about 105 million Americans with private health plans and Medicare beneficiaries have been helped by the Affordable Care Acts prevention coverage improvements.
Preventive services, consumer protections, and other reforms under the Affordable Care Act are giving millions of Americans of all ages more value for their health care dollars and contributing to the slowest growth in health care costs in 50 years.
Preventing illnesses before they become serious and more costly to treat helps Americans of all ages stay healthier, Secretary Sebelius said. No longer do Americans have to choose between paying for preventive care and groceries.
Secretary Sebelius released the preventive services report as HHS celebrates the Affordable Care Acts third anniversary this week. The law is keeping down costs and providing more value for consumers and taxpayers through new consumer protections, holding insurance companies accountable, building a smarter health care system, and providing seniors with vital savings on their prescription drugs.
The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans better value for their health insurance plans by:
No, but most unfortunately, we did choose between being Free Men or Slaves to a Smothering Tyrannical State.
They need to start giving government employees "whiz quizzes". Somebody is doing too many recreational drugs.
The solution...start a daily exercise program and up the ante weekly.
The only protection from Obamacare is your own physical fitness.
No matter where you are in terms of fitness...get started ASAP. It is your responsibility to save yourself and your family.
Its must be free, as the patients didn’t pay for it.
Of course, we will all pay for it .... eventually.
What a load of clap trap.
Shut up Katleen!
Why is that “free” is always so expensive?
What an odd statement?
Dontcha wonder what the profit is on all these "free" flu shots??
Preventative care prevents nothing. All the studies show that fact. Even the Congressional Budget Office states that it actually INCREASES medical expenditures.
Notice it says they received coverage not an actual service. Only a propagandist would call something free when your monthly premiums are jacked up to pay for it.
When I add the increase in copay for my prescriptions to my premium my out of pocket payment almost doubled on Jan 1.
Free, eh? So those doctors worked pro bono? No tax dollars were confiscated or money borrowed from China to pay for those “services”? No premiums went up to cover the costs of those FREE services?
Damn. That is a neat trick. Can we start getting some FREE steak dinners?
If its free then who is paying for it?
We all are...plus we’re paying for the union government
Bureaucrats to administer the whole fiasco.
THAT WOMAN IS A LIAR!!!
Its not free, it just forced millions of Americans to pay for a service they had not before wanted to buy.
I want free guns.
At least I have an AMENDMENT to stand on.
Thank you, Uncle John Boehner!
It takes a helluva lot more to prevent illness than a GD flu shot. I’m so sick of this — and sick of having non medically trained bureaus like Sebeelizbub telling us what to do!!
How about get people out of the fast food joints, get them to stop smoking, stop drinking, doing drugs? How about getting off the couches?
Oh, I guess they have no motivation to do any of that because they know someone somewhere will take care of their fat lazy azzes for freeeeeee!
Hey, SOME diseases happen even if you DO everything right! I mean ...there are some conditions one just cannot prevent. It’s called living on earth as a human being, subject to natural law and forces. It just happens.
And one day, we’re all going to die anyway, no matter how many damn flu shots we get. ...sometimes it’s just our time to go!
free? The premiums went up greater than the cost of whatever “free” addition was received ... but it is all free, right?
From the looks of the article, I'd say the folks with private insurance are. 71 million of them got coverage (and a premium hike) but they aren't the ones identified as receiving a service with no out-of-pocket expenses.
I'm not trying to rag on folks with Medicare. I just think it's preposterous to claim that 105 million benefit when 71 million of those have seen skyrocketing costs.
And it will get worse when they start applying CommieCare in a politically correct manner.
15 yr old with MS denied treatment.
35 yr old with AIDS, and a very expensive drug regiment needed to stay alive, admitted with full benefits/coverage.
Here’s the bottom line:
This is parroted by the MSM
It’s carpet bombed on social media
And a large majority of Americans will enthusiastically believe it and thank Caliph Baraq for the gift.
I have tried to catch myself saying ‘at no charge’ when the word ‘free’ comes up. Its hard to do.
When you think about there is almost nothing that is ‘free’. The two things I think of are - 1) Air we breath and 2) water to drink from a stream. After those 2 items not much is really ‘free’ in any sense.
Something may be “no charge” to the end recipient. But it still cost SOMEBODY SOMETHING SOMEWHERE.
There is no free lunch. In reality there not really ‘free’ anything.
I don't know. A lot of people believe they are going to get free private health insurance. They're not. They're going to be put onto Medicaid. They'll have difficulty finding a doc to take them. And many who do get subsidized private insurance don't have a free ride because they still have significant out of pocket expenses and deductibles. I think a lot of folks have a rude awakening coming.
I just can't wait to find out that 'big gulps' are bad... white bread is bad and so is sugar'... But having unprotected sex with 400 men isn't...
I just did our taxes so I combined all costs for 2012- all health insurance and all co-pays for doctors and scripts. It totaled almost $10k for 2 people. I dam sure wouldn’t call that free. Commie witch needs to shut her mouth.
No it didn’t.
It forced taxpayers (present and future) to pay for health care for 71 million who may or may not have been Americans.
BINGO!!!!! I have been saying this from day 1. Get yourself in the best possible physical shape - that is your only refuge from this.
“The only protection from Obamacare is your own physical fitness”
Bingo, can’t be said enough.
Eventually we will all need health care. But anything you can do to minimize your need for healthcare and push it out in time is the best thing a person can do for themselves.
To bad we’ll all be paying through the nose for it anyway.
Comrades! Comrades, we have glorious news for you ....
It means men will now subsidize (just for example) ob/gun and neonatal services, despite our complete lack of a vagina or uterus.
ob/gun = ob/gyn. stinking iPad autocorrect.
Actually he had plenty of help from the closet progressives in the GOPe. The House has been prevented from even talking about defunding ObamaCare by none other than Boehner and his minions.
If Doctors were “allowed” to charge Cash for an office visit instead of dealing with Obamacare, it would probably cost $50 to $100, with additional fees for specific services rendered.
That is competition, not a Government Mandate followed by a Government Tax Bill.
Get the Government out of our lives and costs are reduced.
The notion of “free” anything just makes people want to take advantage of the gift, whether they really need it or not. A prime example is Food Stamps, with the Government advertising for participants and making it “easy” to get them. That's the only way you get nearly 50 Million Participants. I've heard that just the administrative costs eat up (pardon the pun) over a third of the Program's Budget.. That's nuts by the barrel full.
On another topic, I just saw my first Obamaphone commercial last week. It was a rah rah come and get it Taxpayer funded joke, or should I say I hoped it was a joke.
I fear there will be no road back to Sanity, a least as long as I am alive.
It only cost me an additional 3 thousand dollars
Yes, totally free medical care!!!
And your FREE medical care paid for by Obama personally!
Out of his OWN pocket! Not out of higher taxes.
Because he LOVES you SO much!
I knew a doctor who when just starting her practice, accepted Medical patients.
She dumped her Medical patients when her practice got enough “paying customers”.
She told me that Medical paid so little and the paperwork was so onerous and that Medical would reject claims so often and for so little reason, that it was not worth having Medical patients.
And this was BEFORE Obaba’s Cr*pCare.
Got to be worse now.
Bloomberg the Fascist NYC Mayor banning guns, hospital operations with pain killers, sugar, sodas, etc etc.
Due to health concerns.
And he banned gay guys “packing the peanut butter”?
(a VERY unhealthy behavior)
No, you say?
Sugar bad, homosexual sex healthy?
Yes, by design. Medicaid is a failed program and that's precisely why millions are being dumped into it. The current system has to be further strained and eventually broken before socialized medicine can become fully operational.
Cool. When will Obamacare extend to groceries? We'll be able to buy a 12 oz. can of beans, and then the Obamessiah will compel the bean seller to give me a continued supply of free beans forever and ever.
“Free care” means you will go visit an untrained Obama servant and then return home sick with a suicide pill.
Free health care at the cost of a $30 increase in my monthly health insurance payments. Way to go.