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    Care for New Moms: What's Covered by Health Reform

    As a new mom, you'll want to focus on enjoying your newborn. Easy access to health care should help. Several changes made by the Affordable Care Act will help make sure you and your baby get good care.

    You generally have to use a provider in your plan’s network in order to receive these services.

    After Delivery: Postpartum Care

    Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans must make several types of preventive care available at no cost. For instance:

    Well-woman visits. You get one free doctor's visit every year. It can help you get the recommended preventive care you need and other services to stay healthy.

    Depression screening and treatment. Free screening for depression, including postpartum depression, is available. If you have postpartum depression, you can get treatment. Health plans must cover behavioral health and substance abuse treatment just as they would cover treatment for other medical conditions.

    Quitting smoking. Smoking is bad for you. And second hand smoke can harm your baby. You can get free help to quit under health care reform.

    Domestic violence screening and counseling. One in four women is a victim of domestic violence. Under the law, screening and counseling for domestic violence is covered at no cost for all women of childbearing age.

    Contraception. Under the Affordable Care Act, plans must cover all FDA approved contraception methods without cost-sharing. Talk to your obstetrician about what method might be right for you.

    If your health plan was in place before the Affordable Care Act became law and has made very few changes to its benefits, it may be considered a "grandfathered" plan. These plans can require you to pay a copay, coinsurance, or deductible at the time of the service.  You must confirm whether your plan provides preventive services at no cost.

    Breastfeeding Support

    Breastfeeding is one of the best ways for you to protect your health and the health of your newborn. Because of that, one goal of health reform is to make breastfeeding easier. It does that by getting rid of things that have kept many women from breastfeeding.

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