Shea-Porter Statement on the Announcement of Free Preventive Visits for New Health Care Plans

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today released the following statement regarding the announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services that new health care plans must cover preventive services at no cost to the patient.

“The health care reform package enacted in March is already helping Granite Staters,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “These newly enacted provisions will allow patients to receive free preventive care, which lowers medical costs and helps Americans lead healthier lives.”

Depending on age and health risks, the types of preventive services that will be available without a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance under these new provisions include:

l  Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests;

l  Many cancer screenings;

l  Routine vaccines for diseases such as measles, polio, or meningitis;

l  Flu and pneumonia shots;

l  Counseling, screening and vaccines for healthy pregnancies; and

l  Regular well-baby and well-child visits, from birth to age 21.