Affordable Care Act
Five Preventive Health Features Included in Obamacare All Moms Should Know
Published on April 26, 2014
One of the goals of health care reform was to encourage people to get more preventive care when they’re young so that we (as a nation) can spend less money treating chronic health issues when people get old.
While the “free preventive care” touted by supporters of the health care law has create some confusion between doctors and patients about what care is really free, according to the Wall Street Journal, that shouldn’t discourage you from seeking medical advice when you need it.
Unfortunately, it’s never easy to know when to go to the doctor. New moms, in particular, struggle with this issue all the time: when is my child sick enough to take to the doctor?
The fact is that virtually all babies and kids get sick, and when they do you should never shy away from seeking help.
But preventing long-term illness is just as important as treating immediate illnesses, which is why all moms should be aware of these five Obamacare preventive health features that are generally included at no additional cost in the new reformed plans.
1) Immunizations: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers no less than 16 major recommended immunizations for kids in their first year. Many studies indicate that getting your child immunized will reduce his or her risk of acquiring serious diseases that could be prevented through vaccination.
2) Health screenings: Again, in your child’s first year there are at least nine screenings that doctors recommend for newborn children. These first year screenings, which are commonly referred to as “well baby visits,” include a complete physical examination and checks for normal developmental milestones.
3) Autism screenings: Getting a diagnoses for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult and expensive if you have to pay for it on your own. But many doctors agree that early detection is critical, which is why the ACA provides free screenings for developmental delays and disabilities during a child’s well-child visits between the ages of 18 and 24 months.
4) Obesity screening and counseling: Having regular conversations and counseling with a doctor about your child’s activity levels and diet can help your child maintain a healthy height to weight balance. Doctors also indicate that this can also help defend your child against things such as heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
5) Vision and hearing screening for all children and newborns: All ACA-compliant health plans include free screenings for conditions like lazy eye (amblyopia) and crossed eyes (strabismus). Plans also provide hearing screening no later than one month after a child is born. And, if screening is inconclusive or children do not pass the screening, they’re typically retested after they’re three months old.
Using these preventative services, immunizations, and screenings that are included at no additional cost in the Obamacare plans will not only help your family live long and healthy lives, but you’ll now be getting the most out of your health insurance policy.
This article is for informational purposes only, and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a health condition.