Rethinking Automatic Insurance Coverage For Preventive Health Care

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up an EpiPen two-pack while testifying about price increases to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 21.

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Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up an EpiPen two-pack while testifying about price increases to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 21.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Three doctors who have led a task force that evaluates preventive medical services say the group’s recommendations shouldn’t be tied by law to insurance coverage.

The former chairmen of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say the link between medical recommendations and insurance coverage leads to financial incentives that can corrupt the process and distort people’s health care decisions.

Under the Affordable Care Act, any preventive service that receives one of the USPSTF’s top two ratings must be covered by insurance without any out-of-pocket cost for the patient. The doctors advice to decouple the task force ratings from insurance coverage would require a change in the health law.

The authors of the commentary,

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/10/497040284/rethinking-automatic-insurance-coverage-for-preventive-health-care?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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