Aug. 1, 2012 -- Today ushers in a new provision of the health reform law that makes additional preventive health services -- from contraception to HPV testing -- available for free to an estimated 47 million women.
Women with health plans that start on or after Aug. 1, 2012, must now be allowed access to eight new preventive health services with no co-pays or deductibles. The eight new services available starting today are:
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) hailed the ACA's inclusion of additional women's preventive health services as an important step toward making necessary health care available to more women.
"Today, our nation affirms the importance of a woman's ability to access needed preventive care," ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD, says in a news release. "An annual well-woman visit is a fundamental part of medical care and promotes prevention practices, recognizes risk factors for disease, identifies medical problems, and establishes the often life-long patient-physician relationship. This annual visit provides an excellent opportunity for ob-gyns to counsel patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks."