In our last few posts, we covered the free preventive health screenings that every qualified health plan must provide for all adults, select groups, and women and pregnant people. In addition to those services, qualified health plans must also offer certain types of free care for children. You don’t have to pay anything for this care, whether you’ve met your yearly deductible or not. Keep in mind that short-term medical plans don’t have to offer these free preventive services.
Free preventive health screenings for children of all ages
- Tuberculin testing for children that are at risk for tuberculosis
- Behavioral assessments
- Blood pressure screening
- Height, weight and body mass index (BMI) measurements
- Dyslipidemia screening
- Hematocrit or hemoglobin screening for all children
- Vision screening
- Immunization vaccines: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, Inactivated Poliovirus, Influenza (flu shot), Measles, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, and Chickenpox.
Free preventive health screenings for children ranging from newborns to 10 year olds
- Gonorrhea preventive medication for newborns
- Hearing screening for newborns
- Hemoglobinopathies or sickle cell screening for newborns
- Hypothyroidism screening for newborns
- Phenylketonuria (PKU) screening for newborns
- Iron supplements for children 6 to 12 months old who are at risk for anemia
- Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
- Oral health risk assessment for 0 to 10 year olds
- Developmental screening for children under 3 years old
Free preventive health screenings for adolescents
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling and screening
- Cervical dysplasia screening
- Depression screening
- Alcohol and drug use assessments
- Hepatitis B screening
- HIV screening
Other free preventive health screenings
- Obesity screening and counseling
- Lead screening for children who are at risk for being exposed to lead
- Fluoride chemoprevention supplements for children who don’t have access to water that contains fluoride
If your health insurance plan’s coverage started before the Affordable Care Act took effect and you want access to all of these preventive care services, then maybe it’s time you started shopping around for a different health provider. Luckily, your plan renews annually and you can change it starting November 1st during Open Enrollment. You might end up saving money like our client Michaela did when she changed her health insurance plan.
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