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New Women’s Preventive Care Services Being Added to Plans

August 2, 2011

The inclusion of preventive care services for women, including contraceptive, in health plans is set to go into effect after 8/31/12 for “new plans” – ie non Grandfathered plans.

PPACA and Medicare ( as of 1/1) provide for certain specified preventive care services for everyone without a deductible. That was a major part of the legislation.

This specifies the scope of preventive services unique to women so there is no “favortism”, simply a recognition of the different and more complex needs women have at various stages of their life.

This is a step to more to well care for 51% of the population from sick care which is why certain diseases wouldn’t get similar treatment

Some of these are things that some states cover today in whole or in part. For example 31 states cover HPV screening and 34 colorectal cancer screening today in the mish mosh of state mandates.

If you look at the nearly 2100 state level mandates there is plenty of politics in healthcare already and have been for years.

It was based on the IOM recommendations
Preventive Services Women 2011 Report Brief. –

“…women particularly stand to benefit from additional preventive health services.
The inclusion of evidence-based screenings,counseling and procedures that address women’s greater need for services over the course of a lifetime may have a profound impact for individuals and the nation as a whole.”

Preventive services include:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older (31)
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.

Sec. Sebelius talks about it here:

Chart outlining details is here:


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