preventive care http://ripr.org en Are Seniors Taking Advantage of Free Preventive Health Care? http://ripr.org/post/are-seniors-taking-advantage-free-preventive-health-care <p>Under the health care reform act, many preventive services like diabetes screenings, bone mass measurement, and so-called “Wellness” visits are now available for free (no co-payment) to Medicare recipients. (Medicare is health coverage for people over age 65. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8330 at http://ripr.org Could New Obesity Guidelines Hike Insurance Rates? http://ripr.org/post/could-new-obesity-guidelines-hike-insurance-rates <p>The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently (end of June, 2012) issued revised guidelines for treating obesity. They recommend that doctors (1) screen all patients for obesity (defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher) and (2) refer obese patients for comprehensive behavioral “interventions” to help them lose the weight.That means some insurers could be asked to cover multiple group or individual behavioral counseling or weight management sessions for overweight patients. But could it mean your insurance rates go up? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8332 at http://ripr.org