Monday, August 1, 2011

HHS releases new guidelines for women's preventive services

Based on the July 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gap, HHS released new required health plan coverage guidelines for women's preventive services effective August 1, 2011. Accordingly, non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year (in the individual market, policy year) that begins on or after August 1, 2012.

This requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for preventive services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Preventive services to be covered include well woman visits, screenings for gestational diabetes, HPV testing, contraceptive methods and counseling, breastfeeding support and supplies, among other services.  For more details on the new guidelines, refer to the Women’s Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines page of healthcare.gov.

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