September 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid touted the benefits from the Affordable Care Act that go into effect today to boost preventive care and screenings for children and women. Under the new law, children can no longer be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition. All new plans are now required to offer preventive services to families with no additional out-of-pocket cost. This means screenings are included as a part of the premium that families pay for developmental disabilities like autism and vision screenings, along with regular wellness visits and immunizations for children, and osteoporosis checks for women over 60, and mammograms. The new provisions also allow pregnant women in new plans to get screening and prenatal checkups with no out-of-pocket cost. Also effective today is the elimination of lifetime dollar limits so kids and women who have serious conditions will no longer face their coverage ending just when they need it most.