Preventive Care May Be ACA’s Greatest Achievement
Hello, everyone! I'm proud to be AARP's 25th president. I had a long career in the California state government, concluding with a 10-year run as executive director of an agency that reviews and evaluates state government programs and services. Later I served as AARP California state president.
I'd like to begin this series of columns by reminding you of one of the most important features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I'm talking about free preventive care (such as screenings and immunizations) for Americans of all ages through both Medicare and most private insurance plans.
We have no way of knowing how many mothers will not die of breast cancer because a free screening found it in time; how many fathers will live to see their grandchildren instead of dying of a heart attack, because a free screening discovered high blood pressure and further tests revealed coronary artery disease; or how many children will be spared pain and suffering because a free immunization prevented measles, hepatitis or some other serious disease.
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