Studies show that people are less likely to get primary care or preventive tests if there is cost sharing for these services. Beginning September 23, 2010, the ACA requires all health plans, except for grandfathered plans, to cover the following preventive services without cost to the consumer:
- Services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), including screening tests, immunizations and preventive medications.
- Immunizations recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- Preventive care and screening for infants, children and adolescents that are included in comprehensive guidelines issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Women's preventive care and screenings, to be issued in future HRSA guidelines