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Study: Affordable Care Act Has Provided 71M With Healthcare

OPB | March 18, 2013 1:58 p.m. | Updated: June 7, 2013 10:19 a.m. | Portland

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It’s been three years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.

The federal government finds the health care law has provided 71 million Americans with care that they wouldn’t otherwise have received.  

The health care overhaul pushed private insurance companies to provide several free preventive services — like mammograms and flu shots. 

A study by the Department of Health and Human Services found 71 million Americans got those services under the new law. It also found another 34 million people on Medicare received at least one preventive service — like a free annual wellness check.

The director of the Office of Health Reform Michael Hash, said the numbers are good news. 

Hash said, “Over the past three years, the law’s reforms and the consumer protections have held insurance companies accountable, brought down health care costs to historic lows and have helped Americans get better value for their health care dollars. All while contribuiting to the slowest growth in costs in 50 years.”

Health and Human Services is trying to convince Republican governors in several states to adopt the health reforms. Several say expanding Medicaid to millions of people would be too expensive.

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