Posted By National Wellness Institute,
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012
Whether you agree with Health Care Reform or not, the changes will take place over the next four years. It's important to understand how the new laws will affect your families, communities, and careers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) encompasses 906 pages that cover a vast range of health topics. Health promotion and disease prevention are covered in multiple sections of the bill. Here are some important changes you should be aware of:
- The President is required to establish the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. The purpose of the council is to develop a national prevention, health promotion, and public health strategy.
- A Prevention and Public Health Fund will be established to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help slow the rate of growth in private and public sector health care costs.
- The Preventive Services Task Force will meet to review scientific evidence related to the effectiveness, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services for the purpose of developing recommendations for the health care community.
- The Secretary is required to provide planning and implementation of a national public-private partnership for a prevention and health promotion outreach and education campaign to raise public awareness of health improvement across the life span.
- Medicaid will provide coverage for preventive services and vaccines.
- Medicaid will cover smoking cessation resources for pregnant women.
- Grants will be awarded to state and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base of effective prevention programming.
- Retail fast-food chains with 20 or more locations are required to place a sign that lists calories per serving adjacent to each food item offered.
- The director of the CDC is required to provide employers with technical assistance, consultation, tools, and other resources in evaluating employer-based wellness programs and to conduct a national worksite health policies and programs survey to assess employer-based health policies and programs.
- Funds will be allocated to carry out childhood obesity prevention projects.
This is only a brief outline of how wellness will be affected. To learn more go to www.thomas.gov. Do what is necessary to make sure your community or organization gets the funding needed to provide health promotion initiatives.