More than 440,000 Kentuckians on Medicare took advantage of free preventive treatments this year. That's according to numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. They say the patients underwent colonoscopies, mammograms, smoking cessation treatments and other services that became free under the Affordable Care Act.
Before the law took effect, patients may have had to pay hundreds of dollars for care that is meant to reduce the need for more expensive treatments later on.
Nationally, over 25 million Americans covered by Original Medicare received a free preventative service this year.