The long-anticipated overhaul of America’s health care system is finally underway, with historic changes taking place, namely the Affordable Health Care Act signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. But are you aware of exactly how these reforms will affect the rights and benefits belonging to you and your family?
Dr. Oz is dedicated to helping you navigate the changing landscape of America’s healthcare system, starting with the initial major reforms outlined below.
The Affordable Health Care Act
The first major rumblings of change were felt when the Affordable Health Care Act rolled into effect on September 23, 2010. This health law ensures greater access to preventive care, the foundation of the America’s public health care system. The act mandates that all new insurance plans and many existing plans, as they’re renewed, cover the following preventive health care services without charging patients co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles:
- Pap smears
- Colon cancer screenings
- Blood sugar testing
- Children’s checkups
Click here to see US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin speak with Dr. Oz on the Affordable Health Care Act.