14.3M received free preventative care under health reform

Under health reform, 14.3 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one preventative service for free during the first five months in 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. Of those, 1.1 million took advantage of the annual wellness visit under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011, 32.5 million people in Medicare received at least one free preventative benefit, including cancer screenings and mammograms.

"These free preventive services are helping people in Medicare stay healthy and lower their healthcare costs," CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said. Announcement