Mammogram rates increase after ACA eliminates co-payments

January 19, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminated cost sharing for screening mammograms, their rate of use rose six percentage points among older woman for whom such screenings were recommended, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds.

“Out-of-pocket costs can be a potent barrier to receiving recommended preventive care,” said Dr. Amal N. Trivedi, lead author. “The study showed that making mammograms free led to an increase in their use. That is good for public health.” READ MORE