Starting August 1st*, Wisconsin women have much to celebrate as a new phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now offers additional preventive health care coverage without financial barriers. According to the National Women’s Law Center, just four years ago, before the new heath care law was passed, one in four women reported that they didn’t get needed health care because they felt they couldn’t afford it.. Following passage of the law –in the fall of 2010 – certain preventive health care services, like mammograms, blood pressure screenings and other important preventive services, became available to women, with no extra financial burden, like co-pays or deductibles. In Wisconsin, 413,000 women have already been receiving these services without out-of-pocket barriers. As we celebrate a new set of services available to women, we will be blogging today through, August 1st, highlighting each new preventive health service.
Yearly Well-Woman Visits
An important benefit for women is having access to annual, affordable well-woman visits. Starting August 1st, all new plans are required to cover these visits with no financial barriers. Well-woman visits are important so adult women can determine with their doctor, and obtain, recommended preventive services that are age and developmentally appropriate, including PAP exams and breast exams. Preconception and prenatal care are also included with no-copays or deductible requirements.
Additional visits are recognized by the law as sometimes being necessary for obtaining the appropriate services. Subsequent visits needed to get all of the recommended screenings will also be available to women – with no financial barriers – when medically appropriate.
Yearly check-ups for women to obtain critical services that will aide in better health outcomes, is just one huge win for women starting for all new plans, and renewing plans, as of August 1st. Stay tuned, tomorrow – we will be highlighting another win for women: HIV testing and counseling.
* If you have questions about when these new benefits go into effect for your own private plan, please call the member services number on the back of your insurance card, or contact your employer’s benefits administrator for information about your current coverage.