Consumers may find it easier to stay healthy in the coming months in light of new federal regulations that will require certain preventive medical services to be covered.
A recent joint announcement from several federal agencies said that chronic diseases currently account for about 70 percent of all U.S. deaths each year, while also consuming about 75 percent of the nation's healthcare dollars.
Some of the procedures that health insurance companies will be required to cover include diabetes and cholesterol tests, as well as many cancer screenings, vaccinations and pediatric procedures.
"Getting access to early care and screenings will go a long way in preventing chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and high-blood pressure," said First Lady Michelle Obama, who has made improving childhood obesity levels a top priority over the past couple of years.
By helping people steer clear of dangerous medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease, many patients will enjoy longer life spans while saving money on their health insurance premiums. An improved focus on preventive medicine is also expected to help save billions of dollars in healthcare costs every year.