The Affordable Care Act and women’s preventive services

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, coverage for preventive health care services for women has been expanded significantly. Included within the new guidelines, (non-grandfathered) health plans are now required to cover screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence–without a copayment, coinsurance or deductible.

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In addition to what is required, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also recommend a number of preventive measures during well visits when appropriate, including alcohol misuse screening and counseling, depression screening and tobacco use screening and intervention.

For more information on the guidelines, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website or “Preventive Services for Women: New and Important Changes in Covered Services,” from Medscape (login required; account is free).