Health Care Briefs On The New Law: Preventive Care

Health Care Briefs On The New Law:  Preventive Care

by Frank Samuelson

Preventive Care.  The new Health Care Affordability Act encourages and provides preventive care to help prevent, or provide early detection of, illness. This is especially important for seniors for whom annual physical check ups have not been covered by Medicare. It will also provide information to help patients and families, in consultation with their doctors, make more informed decisions about treatments. It will not set up “death panels” to mandate health care decisions. Don’t let those who are against health care reform, take these common sense provisions away.

–from Faithful Reform in Health Care

These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the
list of members on their website.)  Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (

Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

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