Links to Useful Publications

Women's Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines

The Affordable Care Act – the health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 – helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans by requiring health plans to cover preventive services and by eliminating cost sharing. Preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits must be covered and plans can no longer charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider.

IOM Report on Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps

As a centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, the focus on preventive services is a profound shift from a reactive system that primarily responds to acute problems and urgent needs to one that helps foster optimal health and well-being. The ACA addresses preventive services for both men and women of all ages, and women in particular stand to benefit from additional preventive health services. The inclusion of evidence-based screenings, counseling and procedures that address women’s greater need for services over the course of a lifetime may have a profound impact for individuals and the nation as a whole.



Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enlist the IOM in examining pain as a public health problem. In this report, the IOM offers a blueprint for action in transforming prevention, care, education, and research, with the goal of providing relief for people with pain in America.



Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Statistics to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.

Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years, by Sex and Race -- United States, 2000-2006 , (Quick Stats, May 2009), found that from 2000-2009, life expectancy at age 65 years increased by 0.9 year for the overall U.S. population.

The State of Mental Health and Aging in America
Good mental health is integral to overall health and is an emerging public health issue. The recently released CDC Healthy Aging Program issue brief documents the mental health of adults 50 years of age and older at the national and state-levels using 6 mental health indicators from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). 

State of Aging and Health in America 2007 Report
CDC assesses the health status and health behaviors of U.S. adults aged 65 years and older and makes recommendations to improve the mental and physical health of all Americans in their later years. The report includes national- and state-based report cards that examine 15 key indicators of older adult health, Calls to Action which recommend strategies to improve the health and quality of life of older adults, and state examples that highlight innovative healthy aging efforts at the state and community level.