A new focus on prevention
Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 9, 2013 5:30 PM
Wanda Filer, the founder of the Strategic Health Institute, says that patients will be encouraged to take an active role in prevention of illness.
“Prevention is not simply getting a mammogram or having your colonoscopy. It means you get your flu shot. It means you talk to your doctor about your dietary choices. You talk to your doctor about other preventive strategies based on your personal health, based on your family history.“
Along with covering the 10 Essential Benefits, all Marketplace plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by an in-network provider.
The benefits of preventive care cannot be overstated. Preventive care is the area of health care that is focused on the ensuring positive health outcomes in the long term by focusing on education, nutrition, early detection, and ultimately prevention of illness and disease.