July 23, 2010
HHS Releases Regulations on Preventive Care
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new regulations as part of The Affordable Care Act, that require private health plans to cover evidence-based preventive services and to eliminate cost-sharing for preventive care. This means that for new health policies beginning on or after September 23, 2010, preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits must be covered and plans can no longer charge its members a copayment, coinsurance or deductible for these services.
Depending on your age and health plan type, members may have easier access to preventive services such as:
The new regulation ensures that a comprehensive set of preventive services is available in new health plans with no cost-sharing for the following:
Children’s Health Services
Heart Disease and Obesity Care
Cancer Screening and Services
Learn more about the covered services
The information on this website is based on BCBSLA’s review of the national healthcare reform legislation and is not intended to impart legal advice. Interpretations of the reform legislation vary, and efforts will be made to present and update accurate information. This overview is intended as an educational tool only and does not replace a more rigorous review of the law's applicability to individual circumstances and attendant legal counsel and should not be relied upon as legal or compliance advice. Analysis is ongoing and additional guidance is also anticipated from the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, some reform regulations may differ for particular members enrolled in certain programs such as the Federal Employee Program, and those members are encouraged to consult with their benefit administrators for specific details.
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