Prevention Under Health Reform
National Prevention Strategy
The National Prevention Strategy identifies the most effective and important objectives for building a prevention-oriented society. The strategy identifies four strategic directions and seven targeted priorities.
Preventive Task Force
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of non-federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers, such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists, obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists.
Community Transformation Grants
The Community Transformation Grants program was established under the Affordable Care Act to award grants to states and communities to improve where Americans live, work, play, and go to school.
Prevention and Public Health Fund
The Affordable Care Act created the Prevention and Public Health Fund so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives. States and communities with programs that prevent illness and promote health may apply for funding.
Prevention Services Coverage Under the ACA
Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover certain preventive services without a copayment, co-insurance, or deductible. Covered preventative services include behavioral health services such as:
- Depression screening
- Alcohol misuse screening
- Alcohol and drug screenings for adolescents
- Behavioral assessments for children of all ages
Medicare Preventive Services Coverage
Medicare offers preventive services for seniors that include annual exams, tobacco cessation counseling, and various screenings for cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
Medicaid Preventive Services Financing
Under Medicaid, the federal government pays states an increased percentage for some preventive services.
Employer Wellness Programs
HHS provides grants to employers with fewer than 100 employees to help them set up wellness workplace programs predicted for 2014.
- Comprehensive Health Programs to Address Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Use in the Workplace