Consumers Expecting Free 'Preventive' Care Sometimes Surprised By Charges

Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “The new health-care law encourages people to get the preventive services they need by requiring that most health plans cover cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines, among other things, without charging patients anything out of pocket. Some patients, however, are running up against coverage exceptions and extra costs when they try to get those services. Advocates and policy experts agree that more federal guidance is needed to clarify the rules” (Andrews, 1/21). Read the column

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