As a public health person at heart, I am especially thrilled about the measures in the bill that will encourage prevention of disease with first-dollar coverage of important screening procedures. Here are just a few of the recommended services which insurers (private and public) will have to offer and provide with no deductibles, co-payment, or co-insurance within the next 6 months:
- mammography and genetic risk assessment for breast and ovarian cancer;
- cervical cancer screening (Pap smears);
- colorectal cancer screening;
- screening adults for depression;
- intensive behavioral dietary counseling for adult patients with known risk factors for cardiovascular and diet-related chronic disease;
- oral fluoride supplementation to preschool children older than 6 months of age;
- screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 and older;
- screening and behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse by adults, including pregnant women, in primary care settings.
And for more, see this Health Reform Talk post.