Each year, preventable chronic diseases are responsible for millions of premature deaths among Americans. Because health problems impact productivity, they are a major drain on the U.S. economy, resulting in 69 million workers reporting missed days due to illness each year. This loss of productivity reduces economic output by $260 billion per year.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the overarching goal of the National Prevention Strategy is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Nationally, Americans use preventative services at about half the recommended rate. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. These chronic diseases can be controlled with preventative and wellness care and detected earlier with appropriate screenings.
Businesses can greatly benefit by allowing their employee’s access to preventative and wellness programs because a healthier workforce reduces long term health care costs, and increases stability and productivity. With better health, adults are more productive and show up for work more often. Preventing disease increases productivity – asthma, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity each reduce annual productivity by $200-$440 per person.
Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) plans regulated by the ACA include a wealth of preventative and wellness benefits including but not limited to:
Heart Disease Prevention
Colon Cancer Screening
Skin Cancer Counseling
Breast Cancer Screening
Dental Cavities Prevention
Blood Pressure Screening
Tobacco Use Interventions
The right preventative care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, lead productive lives, and reduce costs. The FreedomCare MEC plan includes all of these benefits and more. Give us a call today.