Top 10 Free Benefits with Obamacare (Free Flu Shots!)

By February 10, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

There are two places from which no one would expect to get anything for free: the government and the insurance industry. It’s good news that at least ten benefits or services are now included in every health insurance policy, for free, to every man, woman and child. The driving reason behind the inclusion of these free services in every health insurance policy is to promote prevention, because when people catch something before it becomes a bigger problem, healthcare costs are kept within a reasonable range. With more Americans able to afford health insurance, the free preventive care is helping to convert people that would ordinarily let a small problem turn into a big problem before going to get help, into people who will use their health insurance plans to get screened or get other preventative care early on so they do not need emergency medical care that utilizes more resources and costs more money later on. Because of these new preventative services, emergency rooms are not overrun with people who are unable to afford a doctor for a simple case of the flu.

Additionally, neighborhood pharmacies now include clinics that give free vaccinations like the flu shot as well as other medical advice. These clinics do an admirable job of helping people take care of the smaller ailments either before they occur or right when the symptoms start so that the person does not have to take a trip to the ER. These ten Obamacare freebies will save both Americans and the healthcare system billions of dollars.

1. Adult Screenings

Formerly, insurance would not pay for screenings and testing to either discover a dependency or relieve it. Domestic violence is just as big a threat as are other types of dependency. Under ACA, these are cause for greater health care costs, and they must go:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking cessation
  • Obesity screening and counseling
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Depression screenings

A full list of preventative health services offered to adults can be found here.

2. System Screenings

These tests and screenings used to cost a lot of money. Under ACA, they are free, some of which save those of certain ages a lot of money:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurism screening
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Aspirin to prevent heart attacks
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Diet counseling for those susceptible to certain diseases like cardiovascular disease
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses

3. Immunizations

These formerly cost money, and most people could not afford them. ACA has made them free of charge:

  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Herpes
  • Flu
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Varicella

4. Women’s Cancer Screenings

Because catching something before it gets out of hand and therefore more expensive, ACA has included as many screenings as it could think of in order to save both the insured and the health care industry money:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer genetic testing
  • Breast cancer mammogram testing
  • Breast cancer chemoprevention counseling for women of high risk

5. Women’s Other Testing

Unfortunately, one aspect of pregnancy concerns sexually transmitted diseases. Some can only be carried by women, but are transmitted by men. One or all could affect the baby. These screenings are free for women:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • HIV
  • Human Papillomavirus DNA test
  • Sexually transmitted infections testing

6. Women’s Other Pregnancy Screenings

Screenings and testing once done only by doctors that cost women money may now be conducted free of charge:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Osteoporosis screenings
  • Wellness screenings
  • Rh incompatibility screenings
  • Gestational diabetes tests
  • Contraception counseling
  • Anemia screening
  • Breastfeeding counseling

7. Infant Preventive Care

Due to their bodies’ immune systems just beginning, children from infancy on up are at special risk of serious diseases. Prevention means catching something before it escalates, and it begins at birth most times:

  • Hypothyroidism screening at birth
  • Autism screening at 18 and 24 months
  • Hemoglobinopathies or sickle cell anemia at birth
  • Gonorrhea preventive medication in the eyes of newborns
  • Height, weight and body mass index measurements for newborns up to age four
  • Blood pressure screenings for infants up to age four
  • Hearing tests for newborns
  • Dyslipidemia testing for lipid disorders for infants up to age four
  • Developmental screenings for infants up to age three
  • Behavioral screenings for infants up to age four
  • Iron supplements for babies at risk for anemia
  • Oral health risk screening
  • Phenylketonura, or PKU, screening for the genetic disorder of this name in newborns
  • Tuberculosis testing in infants up to age four

8. Toddler and Older Children Screenings

Many screenings for infants continue until a child reaches age 18 and may then see a primary care physician instead of a pediatrician:

  • Behavioral screenings for children age five up to age 17
  • Blood pressure testing from age five up to age 17
  • Cervical dysplasia testing for sexually active girls
  • Depression screening for teens
  • Dyslipidemia testing for children age five up to age 17
  • Fluoride chemoprevention supplements for children with no fluoride in their water
  • Height, weight and body mass index measurements for children age five up to age 17
  • Hemoglobin testing for children
  • HIV screening for sexually active teens
  • Lead screening for any child at risk
  • Medical history
  • Obesity screening
  • Oral health risk screening for ages five up to age 17
  • STI screenings and counseling for sexually active teens
  • Tuberculosis testing in children age five up to age 17
  • Vision screening for children of all ages

9. All Children Preventive Care

Immunizations and vaccines have long been advised for children of all ages, but they have been a paid item before Obamacare. Now children will receive vaccines free of charge:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
  • Haemophilus flu type B
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Inactivated Poliovirus
  • Flu
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella

Note that some of the vaccines are different from those given to adults. Doses and ages vary depending on population.

10. Preventive Care for Men

Men have traditionally received preventive care, whether it was paid or free of charge. Under ACA, preventive care will be free for men, women and children. However, men of certain ages fall prey to conditions for which testing is necessary to prevent further and more expensive trouble:

  • Colorectal cancer screening, beginning at age 50 through age 75
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening between age 65 and 75 just once if you’ve ever smoked
  • Blood pressure, every two years from age 18 up to age 75 if you have normal blood pressure, or 120 over 80
  • Cholesterol screening beginning at age 20 and continuing until age 75 at least once a year
  • Diabetes screening from age 20 up to age 75, especially if your blood pressure is above 135 over 80
  • HIV and syphilis testing if you are at high risk
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