In the spirit of this holiday season, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health invites you to share in a series of blog posts, each containing a special “gift” from health care reform. Some have already been implemented and some are gifts still to come; but all are very important improvements to our healthcare system.
Gift Three: Free Preventative Care
For those of you have been following, you have already heard about two great “gifts” that are provided to Wisconsin women and other individuals across the country by the Affordable Care Act. If you missed them,read about “gifts” one and two on our previous blog posts!
Today, we are blogging on a gift that is especially beneficial to women – free preventative care. You might remember our blog in July, when we announced the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report that contraception IS prevention. Along with the IOM findings, we also reported that 84% of American’s agree that contraception and other family planning and sexual health services are important to basic preventative care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was quick to agree with the IOM report and included their recommendations in regulations for all new health plans starting in August 2012.
This win however, was just one of many preventative services that were mandated in many health plans starting in September 2010. This means that many plans now have to cover preventative screenings – such as mammograms – as well as vaccinations and counseling services without copayments, co-insurance or deductibles.
Supporting evidence-based preventative care – including preventive family planning care – is another common-sense “gift” that is brought to us by healthcare reform.
Tomorrow, we will discuss a very important healthcare reform gift – increasing accountability in the healthcare system.