TITLE

The Affordable Care Act's Preventive Services Mandate: Breaking Down the Barriers to Nationwide Access to Preventive Services

AUTHOR(S)
Cogan, John Aloysius
PUB. DATE
September 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics;Fall2011, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p355
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) transforms the U.S.'s public and private health care financing systems into vehicles for promoting public health by making evidence-based preventive services available nationwide through individual and group health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. The ACA accomplishes this transformation by breaking down two barriers: (1) the public health-health care divide, which led to a dominance of curative medicine over preventive health measures and (2) ERISA preemption, which created an obstacle to the provision of a uniform set of evidence-based preventive services that could be made available to the U.S. population through individual and group health plans. As a result, prevention measures with proven effectiveness will now be provided on a national and uniform basis to a majority of Americans, with the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
ACCESSION #
64501035

 

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