HHS Enacts Preventive Health Services Guidelines for Women

US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this morning that the HHS would adopt recommendations made from the Institutes of Medicine to help close the gaps in coverage for US women and move toward ending health disparities experienced by women. The IOM released a study last week outlining the services necessary to women’s well-being.

Secretary Sebelius announced the adoption of these recommendations today, in what she describes as part of the effort to prioritize prevention and wellness. “The Affordable Care Act helps stop health problems before the start,” she said. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”

The services that insurers will have to provide with no cost share starting August 1, 2012 will include:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.

This represents an exciting opportunity to close the gaps in health outcomes that women all too often experience. This brings us closer to a world where being a woman is not a preexisting condition.
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