Health Reform Law Steps Up Focus on Disease Prevention, Wellness
For example, the law creates a $15 billion fund for programs designed to promote prevention and wellness, such as efforts to address obesity and to help patients manage chronic diseases. The law also establishes a National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council to coordinate federal efforts to promote healthy living.
In addition, the health care reform law:
- Eliminates copayments for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receiving preventive services;
- Increases reimbursement rates for physicians who offer certain preventive services;
- Provides grants to small business for establishing wellness programs and incentives for employers to offer workers as much as 50% off their premiums for participating in such programs; and
- Requires chain restaurants and vending machines to disclose nutritional information.
The law also provides additional resources for children, pregnant women and people trying to quit smoking (Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, 3/26).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.