CMS Reports More People Seeking Free Preventive Care Under Healthcare Reform

CMS has reported that more Americans have sought preventive care provided under the Affordable Care Act, according to an HHS release.

This year alone, nearly 20.5 million people with Medicare reviewed their health status at a free Annual Wellness Visit or received other preventive services with no deductible or cost sharing. In addition, CMS reported nearly 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D coverage gap this year.

Some of the free preventive services available to Medicare beneficiaries include mammograms and cervical cancer screenings, cholesterol and other cardiovascular screenings and colorectal and prostate cancer screenings.

The total value of discounts to people with Medicare in the donut hole is nearly $1 billion through August of this year, with an average savings of $530 per beneficiary.

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