14 Million Patients Enjoy Preventive Care in 2012 So Far

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  • June 29, 2012
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More than 14 million Medicare patients have received at least one preventive service at no charge so far in 2012, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Approximately 1 million of these have taken advantage of the annual wellness visit, the agency reported.
Preventive benefits have been provided free of charge with neither deductible nor co-pay since 2011 as part of the Affordable Care Act, or health reform law, CMS said. Last year, 32.5 million people took advantage of the benefit, which includes services meant to make cost “no longer a barrier for seniors who want to stay healthy and treat problems early.”

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  1. Robin Byers says:

    “preventive benefits …provided free of charge” is misleading. The doctors are not providing free care; someone has to pay for it.

  2. JoAnn Vargas says:

    Insurance companies should be paying all services free of copays, coinsurance, or deductibles, the members dont get a break on their premiums, the insurance companies are making a “killing” denying services and collecting premiums, has anyone ever received a healthcare service from their insurance company, how can they call themselves a part of healthcare, you call UHC and you get someone in some middle eastern country who can barely understand english and has no idea of the codes or forms or processes the united states uses for paying medical claims and now UHC is taking over our military insurance, wow why dont we just let terrorists run our healthsystem, oh wait we are already working on that and what number is United HealthCare or United Health Group on the most profitable companies list #22 they are making a “killing” and they dont even provide the healthcare services

  3. brad says:

    Free of charge to the beneficiary. I don’t think there’s any implication that the program is actually free.

  4. Robin Byers says:

    Where are the funds coming from that pay for the services?

  5. Robin Byers says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the preventative benefits. In fact, I think they are great. I just think it’s misleading to say they’re free. And when we’re talking commercial insurances, “free” to beneficiary could mean higher premiums for added benefits such as 100% coverage on preventative care.