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APHA Praises Expansion of Preventive Care Coverage Announced Today as Part of New Health Reform Law

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 14, 2010 – “The American Public Health Association is very pleased with the expansion of no-cost preventive care and wellness services made available under the new health reform law, as announced this afternoon by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“This life-saving investment requires no-cost coverage to the patient for early detection and prevention services such as mammography and colonoscopy screenings and tobacco cessation programs in private plans.

“By providing all Americans access to these essential preventive services, our nation stands the greatest chance to eliminate the growing burden of many life-threatening, preventable diseases, reduce disparities and provide millions of Americans the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

“Today’s announcement marks a critical shift in the way our nation approaches health.  Our nation’s health system now pivots from treating an illness, often in a more costly later stage of development, to preventing it altogether and keeping people healthy. APHA has long advocated for guaranteed access to prevention and wellness services for all Americans regardless of cost.  We look forward to working with the administration to assure all measures included in the new health reform law are implemented to the fullest extent and Americans utilize these essential services.”

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.