Another milestone for the Affordable Care Act – that benefits 47 million women

Beginning today eight new preventative health care services take effect under the Affordable Care Act that will directly benefit 47 million women nationwide.

Effective August 1st, women will not have to pay out-of-pocket or meet a deductible for the following services:

  • “Well-woman” visit – annual wellness exam
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
  • FDA-approved contraceptive methods and counseling.
  • Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
  • HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
  • Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
  • HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.

Now women will see this new benefit take effect at varying times depending on their current health plan. The new ACA rules require coverage of these services take effect at the first of this month, or at the next renewal date of their health insurance plan. (To learn how the policy change will impact religious institutions, click here.)

More than 1.3 million women in North Carolina stand to benefit from the guaranteed women’s preventive health services, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Affordable Care Act has already made mammograms, cholesterol screenings, flu shots and other cancer screenings available without copays or deductibles.

And you can look for more changes benefiting women in 2014 — including a provision that will make it illegal for insurance companies to charge women more than men for their coverage,  just because they’re women.

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    August 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

    In a report being released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office says Medicaid payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers aren’t technically considered federal funds, since they’re funneled through state health care programs.

    Because of that glitch, the IRS can’t just shut off the payment spigot to collect tax debts. Investigators only looked at three states, so the full extent of the losses is even greater.

    One dentist who received more than $100,000 from Medicaid while owing back income taxes was spending money on fine dining, trips, spas, shopping and wine, the report said.

    In another case, a medical transport company received more than $1 million from Medicaid while owing millions in unpaid payroll taxes for its employees. Not paying the payroll taxes is a violation of federal law.

    Medicaid, a federal-state program that mainly serves low-income people, is the companion to Medicare, which primarily serves seniors.

    While the IRS can block Medicare payments to scofflaw providers using something called a “continuous levy,” it is precluded by law from using the same strategy to go after Medicaid payments — even though the federal government pays about 60 percent of the costs of Medicaid.
    Why do we think it would be any different under Obamacare ? This just burns me up !

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