Obamacare is now planning to offer women who have an increased chance of developing breast cancer free preventative medications.
This will make medications for women at risk available without any out of pocket expense, according to the Huffington Post. Under the new healthcare law, insurance companies must offer some preventative drugs at no cost to the patient.
“This policy means millions of women at high risk for breast cancer will know they can access proven risk-reducing medications at no cost to them,” said American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network spokesman, Steve Weiss. “Studies show that even modest cost sharing can keep patients from taking advantage of proven preventive tests and therapies.”
“We are making significant advancements in combating this disease-and for women who are shown to be at a higher relative risk for breast cancer, today, access to early treatments can improve their health,” said Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.
According to the Science World Report, the US Preventative Task Force hope that this effort through the healthcare act will lower cancer mortality rates.
Since Obamacare has been enacted HIV screenings, counseling for obesity and vision screenings for children have also been recommended.