ACA provides contraceptive coverage for 47 million women
Posted on August 1, 2012 | No Comments
Today, 47 million women receive access to eight new preventive health care services without copay. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision requires plans to cover the following services:
* Well-woman visits.
* Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
* Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
* FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
* Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
* HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
* Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
* HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.
The aforementioned covered services are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, which relied on independent physicians, nurses, scientists, and other experts as well as evidence-based research to develop its recommendations.
Group health plans and plans that have maintained grandfathered status are not required to cover the new services. Additionally, certain religious institutions are also exempt.