Affordable Care Act Includes No-Cost Contraception, Preventative Services

5:28 PM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS/WUSA) -- After much controversy, millions of women can get contraception, like the morning-after pill, and other health care preventative services at no cost, according to Health and Human Services.

The Affordable Care Act requires most private insurance companies to offer 47 million women the following services without co-pays or deductibles.

The eight new prevention-related services are:

  • Well-woman visits
  • Gestational diabetes screening
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling
  • FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
  • HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older
  • Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women
  • HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women

These benefits will accompany already free services for women in private plans and Medicare, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots.  

Most women won't get the free benefits until their insurance plans are renewed.

Certain religious organizations such as churches and schools are exempt.

David Finke, M.D., of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center told Teresa Garcia of CBS News that a sexually transmitted infection screening is a perfect example of how to catch a serious condition early.

"A lot of the time we can catch sexually transmitted infections before they turn into a major health problem," says Dr. Finke.  


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