Over 400,000 Mainers extended preventive health services

Posted Feb. 16, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.

The federal health reform law provided more than 400,000 Maine residents with preventive care last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About 226,000 Mainers were among 54 million Americans who were able to access at least one new preventive service for free in 2011 through their private health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a press release.

Another 187,300 Maine residents with Medicare also received at least one free preventive benefit last year, including annual wellness visits. Nationally, 32.5 million Medicare beneficiaries received a free preventive benefit as a result of the law.

The federal health reform law requires many insurance plans to provide coverage without charging consumers for a variety of preventive health services, such as colonoscopies, Pap smears, mammograms and flu shots.

 

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