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What does the bill do for prevention?

March 23, 2010
by Ezra Klein
The Washington Post (Blog)

Dr. Jeff Levi is executive director of the Trust for America's Health and a member of the faculty at the George Washington School of Health Policy. I spoke to him today about the prevention components of the health-care bill.

So tell me, as simply as you can, what this bill does for prevention.

It ensures that group-health plans offer first-dollar, no co-pay, no-deductible coverage of clinical preventive services. But there's also a recognition that what happens outside the clinic can have a bigger impact than what happens in the clinic. There's $15 billion over 10 years for a Prevention and Public Health Fund that will support community prevention programs that try to change the policies, the physical and social environment, that make it hard for people to make healthy choices.

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