What is the most effective use of new health care reform money to promote prevention and wellness? Should the emphasis be on reversing the obesity trend? Encouraging immunizations? Diet and exercise?
The new law establishes a prevention and public health fund for research and health screenings and immunization programs. There would be $7 billion through 2015, and $2 billion a year after that. Also, a grant program would support the delivery of evidence-based and community-based services aimed at prevention activities, reducing chronic disease rates and addressing health disparities.
By September, health plans will have to cover preventive services recommended by a new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, without charging patients any cost sharing. But which preventive services are the most important to include under that requirement?