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At-a-Glance: Free Preventive Care for Adults

All non-grandfathered health plans must now provide the following preventive care services at no cost to you at the time of the visit. That means you don't have to pay any copays, coinsurance, or deductibles to get this care.

If you have a grandfathered health plan, which means it existed before March 2010 and made few changes to its benefits and costs, it does not have to provide these services without also requiring you to share in the cost. However, some grandfathered health plans are choosing to cover them at no cost to you. Look for the services on this list on your plan's summary of benefits to see if they're available to you at no additional cost.

Your age, gender, and health status can affect the types of preventive services covered for you.

You can also use this list to track the care you receive.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Test for Men

What It Does: Uses an ultrasound to look for bulging in the main artery in the abdomen, called the aorta. If an aneurysm gets too large, it can burst and lead to death.

How Often: One time for men ages 65 to 75 who have smoked at any time in their lives. The preventive health guidelines don't recommend a screening for women or for men who have never smoked.

Alcohol Misuse Screening Test and Counseling

What It Does: Looks for drinking problems in adults 18 and older by asking a series of questions. If you have trouble controlling the amount of alcohol you drink, you'll also receive free, brief behavioral counseling to help you cut back or quit drinking alcohol.

How Often: At your physical exam each year.

Evaluate Need for Preventive Aspirin

What It Does: A small daily dose of aspirin can help prevent heart disease and stroke in certain people.

How Often: If you're a man between the ages of 45 and 79 or a woman between the ages of 55 and 79, ask your doctor about the benefits of aspirin for you at your physical exam each year.  

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