July 15th, 2010
01:28 PM ET

Health care rules require free preventive services

New private health plans after September 23 are required to cover certain preventive services for free under the health care law.

This means that these new insurance plans may no longer charge patients  copay, coinsurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider.  Note: This applies to you and your family only if you enroll in a new health plan on or after September 23.

The government issued the new regulations this week for easier access to preventive services. For complete list, see the regulation

They include:

Preventive services

  • annual mammograms for women over 40
  • regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer
  • HPV vaccine for prevention of some types of cervical cancer
  • tobacco cessation interventions, such as counseling or medication to help individuals quit
  • screening tests for colon cancer for adults over 50
  • screening for vitamin deficiencies during pregnancy
  • screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • counseling for losing weight, eating better, treating depression, and reducing alcohol use

Routine vaccines

  • standard vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
  • routine childhood immunizations
  • periodic tetanus shots for adults
  • routine vaccines for diseases such as measles, polio, or meningitis
  • flu and pneumonia shots

Prevention for children

  • regular pediatrician visits
  • vision and hearing screening
  • developmental assessments
  • screening and counseling to address obesity
  • depression among adolescent children
  • dental cavities and anemia
  • physical exam and measurements
  • screenings for hemoglobin level, lead, tuberculin, and other tests


  • screening for conditions that can harm pregnant women or their babies, including iron deficiency, hepatitis B, a pregnancy related immune conditions
  • counseling from a doctor that will help pregnant women quit smoking and avoid alcohol use
  • counseling to support breast-feeding and help nursing mothers

For more information visit Healthcare.gov

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  1. Aiman Latif

    I have chronic bronchitis and I am in severe pain at this time. Pain on the right side of my chest/bronchial tubes and right arm. I had been living in this pain for over a year now but in last few weeks it got worst. Worst enough to keep me from performing my regular tasks, even walking from my home to my car or walking from my car to bart station or walking from bart station to my work. Finally I got a basic health insurance from my work which I used by going to a doctor. doctor gave me some tests and the total cost of these tests is $4000. The symptoms that I have at this time could be lung cancer, Cystic Fibrosis or anything else serious. My health insurance only agreed to pay $100 out of $4000 and my deductible is $200. I also paid $50 deductible for my prescription. I am unemployed at this time and from last about 2 years. I luckily found a temporary assignment for about two months and now I am home unemployed again. Do you have any recommendation for where should I go to get these tests done? I know there is something seriously wrong because I can feel it. As I said, I look young from my face and body but I feel like a 90 years old woman. I can not perform my daily tasks. I can not discuss my condition with family doctors because they start to harrass me saying nasty things and pasing nasty comments. Instead of looking at my condition they look at my body and face to determine what the problem is. Even a stupid person or a kid can determine from my lungs Xray that my lungs are in very bad condition but somehow my family doctors in America are not smart enough to understand a chest Xray. I wish to have these tests done just to make sure I don't have lung cancer and to get an idea, how bad my lungs are and what is it that I can do to keep them from getting worst. I also have a germ/organism inside me called Psudamonas Aruganosa which grows through certain antibiotics and certain medications and bring a simple viral infection to serious pnemonia or death. It is inside my lungs. Therefore I cannot take any medication without having these tests done. There are only certain antibiotics and medications that I can take. Most practionars don't even know what Psudamonas Aruganosa is. An example is the nurse and doctor who saw me had no clue. So please show me on CNN if you have any options for people like me or if you have any recomendations for where should I have my tests done to get my lungs cured.

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