The Affordable Care Act, which Marla Ahlgrimm explains was enacted under Pres. Barack Obama, made access to healthcare easier for millions of Americans. The open Healthcare Marketplace, as well as company-sponsored insurance coverage, now provide coverage for a number of essential health benefits. These include:
1. Ambulatory patient services. Marla Ahlgrimm defines ambulatory patient services as more intense outpatient care, such as a minor surgery, that does not require hospitalization.
3. Maternity and newborn care. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, pregnancy is also included along with birth-control and breastfeeding coverage.
4. Behavioral, mental, and substance abuse disorder services including psychotherapy and counseling.
5. Habilitative and rehabilitative services to recover physical and mental skills lost due to chronic conditions or injury.
6. Laboratory services
7. Oral and vision care for pediatric enrollees.
Marla Ahlgrimm notes that some states require insurance providers to cover additional services not required through the general marketplace.