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Health Care Law Delivers Free Preventative Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on June 11, 2012, that the Affordable Care Act helped 14.3 million people within original Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first five months of 2012. This includes 1.1 million who have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit provided by the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, 32.5 million people in Medicare received one or more preventive benefits free of charge.

Prior to 2011, people with Medicare faced cost-sharing for many preventive benefits such as cancer screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive benefits are offered free of charge to beneficiaries, with no deductible or co-pay. The law also added an important new service for people with Medicare - an Annual Wellness Visit with the doctor of their choice - at no cost to beneficiaries.

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