Men's health under the Affordable Care Act
Keira McGuire | 06.24.13
Men’s Health Network has proposed a preventive services package for men under the ACA.
Under the Affordable Care Act, many women are now covered when it comes to preventive services like well-woman visits and screenings for breast cancer and some sexually transmitted diseases.
Brandon Leonard, the program manager for the Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization, says men could benefit from similar coverage: “We think it’s important that men be proactive about their health, and think about get screenings and take care of their health.”
Which is why the Men’s Health Network has proposed a preventive services package for men. The package includes screening sexually active males for sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea.
“Not only because you want to catch those STD’s and pursue the appropriate treatment, but you’re also not only looking at the man himself but his partner.”
Watch the video to learn about the other preventive services for men that the Men's Health Network has proposed:
Leonard adds, “We do also recommend screenings for cancer. For example, prostate cancer and a testicular exam, because we think it’s definitely important to catch those cancers early – just as it is for women with breast and cervical cancer- so that you get the most appropriate treatment as quickly and effectively as possible, and so you’re not looking at painful and expensive options down the road.”
Establishing a doctor-patient relationship improves quality of care.
In addition to these screenings, the proposal also includes well-man visits for all adult males. “And, that’s something we hope would help catch those chronic conditions early on when they’re much more easy to treat, and help the doctor and patient establish a relationship," Leonard says.
The Men’s Health Network developed this proposal shortly after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Leonard says, “We’ve been talking to legislators. We’ve been talking to other leaders in terms of the federal agencies, the CDC for example, and just making them aware that we think this is important. We think this is something we can discuss, and keep on the table as healthcare reform discussions continue.”
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