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All health insurance companies to cover preventive care screeningsPosted On Thu, July 15, 2010
Awareness can be one of the most important tools a person can have in their arsenal to combat chronic disease. High health care costs have been the culprit in preventing people from getting tests that can inform them if they are at an elevated risk of developing certain conditions.
Thanks to recent government actions, people will no longer have to fear costs associated with preventive care screenings. By the end of this September, preventive care screenings with proven benefits must be covered by health insurers.
Some health care professionals believe this is an important step in getting health care costs under control and providing optimal care for citizens.
"One of the best ways to improve the quality of your life - and control health care costs - is to prevent illness in the first place," said Dr. Jill Biden, who is married to Vice President Joe Biden. "Focusing on prevention and early treatment makes more sense than trying to play catch-up with a potentially deadly disease. Quite simply, these preventative services will save lives."
Conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes can be more effectively treated, and in some cases prevented, if detected early enough. Health insurance costs could go down if people don't become afflicted with such diseases.
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