Washington, D.C. – With several provisions of the new health care reform law going into effect today, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold has been highlighting the new provisions and how they are helping Wisconsinites. Today, Feingold is highlighting a critical provision requiring new insurance policies to provide free preventive care. Under the historic health care law, services such as mammograms, colonoscopies, well-child visits, prenatal care, vaccines, and other crucial, routine exams will be covered without a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance.
Feingold has heard from many Wisconsinites about how they could be helped with better access to affordable preventive care, including Kathi Hansen of Wrightstown, Wisconsin who, as a breast cancer survivor, greatly values regular cancer screenings for early detection.
“I was fortunate to have health insurance through my employer which recommended and covered annual screening mammograms with no co-pays or deductibles, and in 2003, the results of an annual screening mammogram were suspicious,” Hansen said. “Subsequent biopsies revealed invasive breast cancer. Fortunately, it was still early stage. My treatment included surgery, chemotherapy, and ongoing hormonal therapy.
“ The provisions in the Affordable Care Act will make it easier for people to get these screenings and will save lives. I am grateful that early detection made a difference for me.”
To view a timeline of when more Affordable Care Act provisions will take effect visit http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html.