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New Health Reform Law: People on Medicare get free annual checkup, free preventive services

Last week I noted one under-reported provision of the new health reform law that requires all members of Congress to buy their health insurance from the same exchanges as millions of Americans. Today I’m noting another under-reported provision – starting this January 1, Medicare will offer a free annual checkup [1] at the physician’s office for anyone on Medicare and completely remove copays, deductibles, and any other charges for a wide range of preventive services [2]. This includes things like breast and cervical cancer screening, aspirin for the prevention of heart disease and similar services.

It’s the start of our move towards a health system more focused on preventing disease instead of treating afterwards, and it’s a welcome change.