14 Million Patients Enjoy Preventive Care in 2012 So Far
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.”