47 Million Women Will Have Guaranteed Access to Women's Preventive Services with Zero Cost-Sharing Under the Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act requires many insurance plans to provide coverage for and eliminate cost-sharing on certain recommended preventive health services. In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services published guidelines on women's preventive services that require non-grandfathered health insurance plans to cover certain recommended preventive services specifically for women without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible beginning in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. These services include well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, HPV DNA testing, domestic violence screening and counseling, HIV screening and counseling for sexually transmitted infections, breastfeeding supplies, contraceptive methods and family planning counseling.. Based on the most recent data from the Census Bureau, we estimate that under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 47 million women will have guaranteed access to these preventive services without cost-sharing.

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