Affordable Care Act

Preventive Services Available in the Affordable Care Act


Medical professionals have promoted the benefits of preventive health care services in helping Americans maintain and improve good health and lower medical costs. Now under the Affordable Care Act, Americans will have access to a wide range of preventive screenings.

One of the benefits of preventive screenings is to identify early signs of serious diseases and take corrective measures before it’s too late. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 75 percent of health care costs are related to chronic diseases. These medical issues account for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans, many of which could be prevented.

Currently, many health insurance plans cover a variety of routine preventive care services. And as of January 2014, plans purchased through a marketplace exchange must cover many preventive screenings at no cost, when conducted by a network provider.

Review the following list of free general services for prevention, and the lists of additional free services for women and children.

*Abdominal aortic aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked

*Alcohol misuse screening and counseling

*Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages

*Blood pressure screening for all adults

*Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk

*Colorectal cancer screening for adults over 50

*Depression screening for adults

*Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure

*Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease

*HIV screening for all adults at higher risk

*Immunization vaccines for adults–doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza (Flu Shot), MeaslesMumpsRubella, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, TetanusDiphtheriaPertussis, Varicella

*Obesity screening and counseling for all adults

*Sexually transmitted infection prevention counseling for adults at higher risk

*Syphilis screening for all adults at higher risk

*Tobacco use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users 

Comprehensive coverage for women’s preventive care

Coverage for children’s preventive health care