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Real Word Experience: IOM’s Preventive Services Recommendations Could Save Billions

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California has already experienced the “health and fiscal benefits of increasing access to and coverage of the services” outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s recent recommendations that insurers offer preventative services for women at no additional cost sharing, California Family Health Council CEO Julie Rabinovitz notes. California’s Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment, or Family PACT, cited as one of the nation’s most effective models in the Institute of Medicine’s report, has (along with Title X funding) “dramatically decreased the rates of adult and teen unintended pregnancies statewide and has resulted in tremendous savings to the public sector.” Over five years, Family PACT “saved an average of $14,111 public sector costs per averted pregnancy for a total of nearly $4.05 billion.” HHS is expected to decide if it is to accept the IOM’s recommendations by Aug. 1.