Obamacare Ensures Preventive Care For Women

To us, this is huge but has received little notice.

Affordable Care Act Ensures Women Receive Preventive Services at No Additional Cost

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Historic new guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost were announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Developed by the independent Institute of Medicine, the new guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.

“The Affordable Care Act helps stop health problems before they start,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”

Before health reform, too many Americans didn’t get the preventive health care they need to stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, lead productive lives, and reduce health care costs.  Often because of cost, Americans used preventive services at about half the recommended rate.

Last summer, HHS released new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act requiring all new private health plans to cover several evidence-based preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure checks, and childhood immunizations without charging a copayment, deductible or coinsurance. The Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare.

Today’s announcement builds on that progress by making sure women have access to a full range of recommended preventive services without cost sharing, including:

    well-woman visits;
    screening for gestational diabetes;
    human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
    sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
    human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
    FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
    breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
    domestic violence screening and counseling.

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1 Response to Obamacare Ensures Preventive Care For Women

  1. francestapia says:

    I have a thirteen year old girl, and honest to god every day I wake up I am thankful that I have an incredible insurance policy that pays for my medical insurance. I found insurance from “Penny Health” website and it doesn’t pay 100% on everything, but when I receive the bill and find out just how much I would have had to pay had I not been insured I realize that there is no way in the world that I could have afforded kind of care without it.


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