16 Services Covered for Free Under Obamacare -- for Now
The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover certain preventive-care services at no cost to the patient. Republican efforts to gut the ACA failed again last week when the Senate rejected a measure to repeal much of the law, also known as Obamacare. President Donald Trump continues to push lawmakers to repeal it, but for now, the following services are still free with no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of your deductible. It's important to note that diagnostic services, such as additional testing following a preventive screening, may involve a copay or other charges. Ask your provider and insurer about all possible costs.
(This article has been updated since its initial publication.)
Some men and women at high risk for a heart attack or stroke can benefit from taking small doses of aspirin every day. Under the ACA, high-risk patients -- smokers, diabetics, and those with high blood pressure or cholesterol -- can get a free screening and consultation with a doctor to see if an aspirin regimen is right for them.
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Healthy eating can prevent a range of illnesses and conditions, including obesity, which can be a precursor to a variety of potentially deadly ailments, such as heart disease. Counseling can help adults prevent costly illnesses by educating them about healthy eating habits, food science, and the effects sugar and fat can have on their health. While diet counseling can cost hundreds of dollars, insurers are required to cover it with no out-of-pocket costs to patients.