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71 million received free preventive care under ACA: HHS

By Paul Barr
Posted: March 18, 2013 - 6:45 pm ET

The Obama administration says about 71 million privately insured Americans received coverage for at least one free preventive healthcare service as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2011 and 2012.

HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation arrived at that conclusion using data from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey and U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Kaiser survey estimated that 41% of all workers had employer-backed insurance that expanded coverage as a result of the ACA. That figure, when applied to Census Bureau data showing that 173 million Americans have such coverage, results in the estimate of 71 million people receiving the free services.

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“Preventing illnesses before they become serious and more costly to treat helps Americans of all ages stay healthier,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release.

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