Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidelines about women’s preventive health, and announced the services for women that insurance plans must cover without co-payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We first discussed this in a blog following the release of the Institute of Medicine report which outlined eight recommendations for HHS.
The recommendations HHS adopted in its guidelines include:
- — well-woman visits
- — screening for gestational diabetes
- — human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older
- — sexually-transmitted infection counseling
- — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling
- — FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling
- — breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
- — domestic violence screening and counseling
This is a historic day for women’s health. The regulations ensure that women across the country will be able to access the important services they need without a co-payment – removing a significant barrier to women living healthier lives.
— Reena Singh, Associate Director of State Consumer Health Advocacy