On July 14th
, the American Nurses Association (ANA) represented the nursing profession with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. ANA CEO Marla Weston, PhD, RN, was joined by other health care professionals at the George Washington University Hospital Center to discuss the preventive care coverage available through the Affordable Care Act.
In the first year of the law's implementation, all newly sold insurance plans will be required to cover prevention and wellness benefits with no deductibles or cost-sharing. This will remove financial barriers for many Americans to preventive services such as mammograms, colonoscopies and immunizations to help prevent disease and reduce costs.