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Prevention

An important goal of this law is to stress “public health and prevention,” instead of “sickness and cure.”

It’s no fun to be sick – why not try to prevent sickness in the first place? The law includes major provisions to help prevent disease, illness, and sickness in the United States:

- Reproductive Health: Provides for free female birth control, breast pumps, and contraceptive devices for those who are insured.

- Harmful Substances: Funding for tobacco and smoking prevention, counseling to prevent alcohol abuse and drug addiction

- Obesity: Counseling to prevent or reduce obesity, promotion of physical fitness

- Disease Prevention: Coverage for screenings of various diseases. Ex. HIV testing, increasing access to immunizations, HPV vaccine

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