Better Coverage for Women’s Preventive Health Starts Today

August 2, 2012
59 Views

Beginning today, insurance companies must begin paying for eight vital women’s preventive health services without charging deductibles or co-payments. The new regulations, part of the Affordable Care Act, are expected to improve the health of an estimated 47 million women by the end of 2012, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Beginning today, insurance companies must begin paying for eight vital women’s preventive health services without charging deductibles or co-payments. The new regulations, part of the Affordable Care Act, are expected to improve the health of an estimated 47 million women by the end of 2012, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Paula Johnson, MD, a member of the Institute of Medicine Panel that recommended these services for inclusion in the health law, said that providing coverage for these services is a major advance for women’s health. “Politics has turned attention away from preventive care. If we continue to ignore it, it will bankrupt the country.”

The regulations apply immediately to all new insurance plans. As existing plans get renewed or changed, benefits will be incorporated. All women with private health insurance will receive these services over time, according to Judy Waxman, of the National Women’s Law Center.

Members of Hervotes, a coalition of more than 50 women’s organizations, plan a massive nationwide awareness campaign to inform women about these covered services and encourage them to vote for political candidates that strongly support women’s health and women’s rights. For my report on what several key women’s groups have to say about these new benefits, check out the HealthCetera blog at the Center for Health, Media & Policy.

Visit Healthcare.gov for detailed information about the new covered services.

 

You may be interested

Why Universal Healthcare is the Key to a Healthier and More Productive Society
Health care
345 views
Health care
345 views

Why Universal Healthcare is the Key to a Healthier and More Productive Society

Helen Heather - August 23, 2017

The United States remains the only country in the world without a universal healthcare system. Many critics have stated that…

Care On The Road: How Telemedicine Can Reach Truck Drivers
Mobile Health
19 views
Mobile Health
19 views

Care On The Road: How Telemedicine Can Reach Truck Drivers

Larry Alton - August 21, 2017

Telemedicine is considered a powerful tool for individuals living in rural areas, far from adequate services or in need of…

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech
eHealth
8 views
eHealth
8 views

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech

Larry Alton - August 18, 2017

When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz glibly remarked that Americans struggling to afford insurance should choose between that and their smartphones,…