Health and Human Services (HHS) has added eight new prevention-related health care services that all health plans must cover with no out of pocket expense to the patients. The new health care rules require that the coverage of these services take effect at  the patient’s next renewal date–on or after August 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. Preventive Services These eight new preventive services are in addition to other preventive services already covered such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots and will cover an estimated 47 million women in the U.S.  Of the 47 million, an estimated 5,306,748 women in California are going to benefit from this new ruling. The 8 new prevention-related services are:

  • Well-woman visits.
  • Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
  • FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling. (The current health care law already include folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant, Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women, and anemia screening for pregnant women)
  • HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
  • Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
  • HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.
  • The health care law covers a lot more preventive-related services that provide access to potentially life-saving tests and services, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots without coinsurance or deductibles. Visit for a complete list of preventive-related health care services.

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