Affordable Care Act Includes Free Flu Shots

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s “most tangible perks are finally in place,” reports The San Jose (CA) Mercury News (1/20).  And one potentially life-saving service – free flu shots – could represent a positive experience for millions of average Americans. The law now mandates that most health plans cover a set of preventive services, including shots and screening tests, with no co-payment – regardless of whether someone has met his or her yearly deductible.

See a list of the free services available under the new health care law.

For adults:

Alcohol counseling
Tobacco cessation programs
Blood pressure screening
Colorectal cancer screening
Depression screening
Diabetes (Type 2) screening
Diet counseling
HIV screening for people ages 15 to 65
Immunization vaccines


For women:

Breast cancer genetic test counseling
Breast cancer mammography screenings
Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling
Domestic violence counseling
Osteoporosis screening
Gestational diabetes screening


For children:

Autism screening
Behavioral assessments for children
Depression screening for adolescents
Hearing screening for all newborns
Immunization vaccines
Obesity screening and counseling
Oral health risk assessment
Sexually transmitted infection prevention counseling
Vision screening


To view article in San Jose Mercury News, click here.


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