Too few Americans receive the preventive health care they need to stay healthy. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will help make prevention more affordable and accessible by requiring that health plans cover preventive services without cost sharing. Thanks to the ACA, plans that enroll new members are now required to cover recommended preventive services without charging patients a deductible, copayment or coinsurance.
America’s family physicians recognize that vaccines and immunizations are invaluable tools for keeping patients healthy. The AAFP believes that regardless of economic and insurance status, children and adults should have access to all recommended immunizations. We further believe that the federal government has a substantial role to play in helping ensure that access.
To maximize the preventive capabilities of immunizations, AAFP has:
- Actively supported the objective of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Program Office to achieve 90 percent influenza vaccine coverage for health care personnel;
- Made detailed recommendations in support of a proposed Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that would require Medicare and Medicaid providers to offer all patients an annual influenza vaccine unless contraindicated.
The AAFP will continue to support both federal agencies and family physicians as we collectively work to bolster preventative medicine through essential and available vaccination programs.
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