The Affordable Care Act and Women. Preventive Health Services

03/20/2012

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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