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Preventing the unforeseeable through the Affordable Care Act

Preventing the unforeseeable through the Affordable Care Act

Before the weather turns cool and the fall season makes its official appearance, people are already talking about flu vaccinations. And it's no surprise, considering that changing temperatures can serve as breeding grounds for a whole host of illnesses. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, seniors with Medicare are able to receive preventive services such as flu vaccinations, screenings, immunizations and advice to help them stay healthy.

During the first six months of 2012, 16 million people have already taken advantage of these now free preventative services. And of those 16 million, more than 1 million have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit – a way for seniors to stay healthy without worrying about added medical bills.

“Millions of Americans are getting cancer screenings, mammograms and other preventive services for free thanks to the health care law,” Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “These new benefits, made possible through the health care law, are helping people stay healthy by giving them the tools they need to prevent health problems before they happen.”

At Freedom Home Care, our No. 1 priority is to ensure that our patients are healthy and comfortable. And we couldn’t be happier to learn about the preventative services that are now available. If you have any questions about how to take advantage of them, don’t hesitate to talk to your caregiver.

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