May 7, 2010

New Health Law Supports Preventive Care

As the details of the new health law become clearer (thanks to those who can wade through 1200 pages of policy speak), we're pleased to hear that there are significant provisions for preventive care and community health centers.

Today's New York Times' Prescriptions blog ran a piece detailing some of the provisions that will guarantee people health screenings and flu shots at no extra cost above insurance premiums. It also provides for primary care visits for Medicare enrolees. There is also money in the law to boost community-based wellness initiatives.

One of the biggest boons to fixing the current dearth in access to care is an $11 billion investment in Community Health Centers, which are federally subsidized clinics for the underserved.

While the law isn't a magic bullet, it definitely moves us in the right direction.