|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
| Contact: HHS Press Office
Health Care Law’s third anniversary sees health costs slowing down, more value for consumers
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
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 Act’s prevention
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.
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
Secretary Sebelius released the preventive
services report as HHS celebrates the Affordable Care Act’s 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
The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans better value for their health insurance plans by:
lifetime dollar caps on essential health benefits, and phasing out
annual caps. About 105 million Americans no longer have to fear their
benefits will disappear when they need them most because their insurer
put a lifetime cap on the amount it would pay.
health insurance companies from denying coverage to children based on a
pre-existing condition, such as asthma or cancer.
- And in 2014,
it will be illegal for health insurance companies to deny coverage to
any American or to charge more because of a pre-existing condition. No
longer will 129 million Americans with health conditions have to fear
seeing their premiums increased or getting locked out of the insurance
- The law will also make it illegal for a health insurer
to charge women more simply because they are women. “That means,”
Secretary Sebelius said, “being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing
The full report on expanded preventive care for Americans with private health insurance is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/PreventiveServices/ib_prevention.cfm.
Learn more about the key features of the Affordable Care Act at http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/full.html.
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