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4 Id. at 5–6. We are fortunate, nonetheless, that the Medicare program continues to add to its array of preventive services, many of which are offered without copayments. See e.g. Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (hereinafter BBA), Pub. L. No. 105-33, §§ 4101(a)–(b), 4103(a), 4104(a), 4105(a), 4106(a), 111 Stat. 251 (1997); Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA), Pub. L. No. 106-554, § 4107, 114 Stat. 2764 (2000), amending §§ 1834, 1861, of the Social Security Act; Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), Pub. L. No. 108-173, § 612, 117 Stat. 2066 (2003), amending §§ 1861(s)(2), 1862(a)(1), and adding § 1861(xx)(1) to the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1395x(s)(2), 1395l(a)(1), 1395w-4(j); Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), Pub. L. No. 110-275, § 101, 122 Stat. 2494 (2008). The Secretary has the authority to add preventive services that he or she determines are reasonable and necessary for the prevention or early detection of an illness or a disability, where such preventive services are recommended with a grade of A or B by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and appropriate for individuals entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A or enrolled under Part B. In the case of additional preventive services, the Medicare agency will pay 80 percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the service or the amount determined under a fee schedule established by the Secretary; see Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereinafter ACA), Pub. L. No. 111-148, § 4103, 124 Stat. 119 (2010), amending 42 U.S.C. § 1395x(s)(2) of the Social Security Act. The constitutionality of the ACA was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in the case, National Federation of Independent Businesses, et al. v. Sebelius, No. 11-393, 567 U.S. __ (2012), 132 S. Ct. 2566, (decided June 28, 2012).
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