The Affordable Care Act and Women. Preventive Health Services


The Affordable Care Act helps to make prevention affordable by requiring most private health insurance plans to cover recommended prevention and wellness benefits without cost-sharing.3  Insurers must now cover mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots, and regular well-baby and well-child visits with no cost-sharing.  An estimated 20.4 million women are currently receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing because of the Affordable Care Act.4  Starting in August 2012, additional recommended preventive services including well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence screening, breastfeeding supplies, and contraceptive services will be covered by health plans with no cost-sharing.5  Eliminating such barriers as copayments, co-insurance, and deductibles will increase access to services that improve the health of women and their children.6  For example, prenatal care helps improve maternal health and birth outcomes.7

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