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FACT SHEET: Solutions States Can Take to Maintain the Affordable Care Act’s Preventive Services Requirement

Published On November 14, 2022

One of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the requirement that most commercial health plans cover preventive services, including vaccinations and cancer screenings, without cost-sharing, such as deductibles or copays. Earlier this year, in the case Braidwood v Beccera, a judge in Texas ruled that the preventive services mandate was unconstitutional. 

While the case is working its way through the courts, should it take effect, it could negatively impact access to these critical preventive services for more than 150 million people – including approximately 37 million children. 

To assist states grappling with the potential implications of this decision, USofCare has created a two-page guide that summarizes how the case impacts states and what state policymakers and advocates can do to ensure these critical preventive services continue to be covered without cost-sharing.