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Am J Public Health. 2015 Jan;105(1):e7-e10.

Clinical Preventive Services Coverage and the Affordable Care Act.

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Jared B. Fox and Frederic E. Shaw are with the Office of the Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.


The Affordable Care Act requires many health plans to provide coverage for certain recommended clinical preventive services without charging copays or deductible payments. This provision could lead to greater uptake of many services that can improve health and save lives. Although the coverage provision is broad, there are many caveats that also apply. It is important for providers and public health professionals to understand the nuances of the coverage rules to help maximize their potential to improve population health.

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