Prevention Under Health Reform

Promoting early intervention and prevention helps everyone. Prevention-oriented health care is the cornerstone of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiatives.

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

Other Resources

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.


Last Updated: 07/24/2014