Access to affordable preventive healthcare is especially important for women, who are more likely than men to go without needed care because of cost.
To ensure that all women have access to preventive care, the healthcare law requires that critical women’s preventive services be covered with no co-payments or deductibles.
With the start of the calendar year, many more health plans will come under the reach of the law.
This will include well-woman visits; all forms of FDA-approved birth control; breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; screening for gestational diabetes; DNA testing for high-risk strains of HPV; screening and counseling for HIV; and screening and counseling for domestic partner violence.
Thanks to the healthcare law, for many more women obtaining preventive healthcare will no longer hinge on their ability to pay.
Judy Waxman, vice president, Health and Reproductive Rights, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC