KEY FINDINGS: Did the Affordable Care Act's elimination of cost sharing for preventive services increase rates of colonoscopy and mammography screening? Early results say no. THE QUESTION. To reduce financial barriers to receiving recommended preventive care, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminated patient cost sharing for many preventive services. This provision, rolled out between September 2010 and January 2011, applies to all private insurance plans and exempts 'grandfathered plans'. In this study, LDI Senior Fellow Shivan Mehta and colleagues investigated whether this ACA provision has its intended effect on colonoscopy and mammography rates. American Journal of Managed Care, Volume 21, Number 7, July 2015.
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