Donald Trump, now President-elect of the U.S., has more than hinted at the possibility of doing away with the ACA. One of Trump’s primary campaign trail promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. However, in recent weeks, that promise has shifted slightly to hints of sweeping changes to President Obama’s signature legislation, which could mean the removal of preventive services offered at no charge to Americans with an ACA-approved health insurance plan.
But for now, the ACA is alive and well, which means that if you carry a Market Place health insurance plan, you are still eligible to receive certain preventive services at no cost.
It is uncertain at what time any real changes will begin taking place. However, it is worth taking advantage of this care, if you are eligible for free preventive care under your plan.
Adults can take advantage of several free health screens, such as blood-pressure screening, depression screening, HIV screening, and obesity screening. Even more screens are available for certain populations who might be at high risk for certain conditions. These screenings include abdominal aortic aneurism screening, cholesterol screening, colorectal screening, type 2 diabetes screening, tobacco use screening and syphilis screening.
Several types of counseling are also available under certain Market Place plans and other health insurance plans approved by the ACA. Alcohol misuse counseling, diet counseling (for certain at-risk adults), and sexually transmitted infections counseling can help prevent future health conditions and emergencies.
Vaccinations that might be available for certain adult populations at no cost include:
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
Women might also have a host of preventive services available, including mammogram screening for women over 40, cervical cancer screening, screening for certain sexually transmitted diseases, domestic violence counseling, HIV screening and counseling, HPV testing, and osteoporosis screening. They can also receive certain contraceptives and education and counseling regarding contraceptive measures.
In addition, pregnant women are eligible for anemia screening, bacterial UTI screening, gestational diabetes screening, and hepatitis B screening.
Preventive services are also available for children. Behavioral assessments, blood pressure screening, autism screening, vision and hearing screening, sickle cell screening, congenital hypothyroidism screening and hemoglobin screening are just a few of the preventive services for children under the ACA.
Adolescents might be eligible for alcohol and drug use assessments, depression screening, HIV screening, and sexually transmitted infection screening and counseling.
Additionally, certain immunizations are available for certain childhood age groups as well:
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
If you are able to do so under your current health insurance plan, we recommend taking advantage of any free, preventive care services available to you. Many of these services can help prevent a host of health problems that can potentially wreak havoc on you personally and possibly harm your bank account.