The Affordable Care Act – The health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 – helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans by requiring health plans to cover preventive services and by eliminating cost sharing. Preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits must be covered and plans can no longer charge a patient a co-payment, coinsurance or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider.
Women’s Preventive Services:
Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration: Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services – is covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. However, the law recognizes and HHS understands the need to take into account the unique health needs of women throughout their lifespan.
The HRSA-supported health plan coverage guidelines, developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will help ensure that women receive a comprehensive set of preventive services without having to pay a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. HHS commissioned an IOM study to review what preventive services are necessary for women’s health and well-being and should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines for preventive services for women. HRSA is supporting the IOM’s recommendations on preventive services that address health needs specific to women and fill gaps in existing guidelines.
Health Resources and Services Administration Supported Women’s Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines
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.
For more information on the Affordable Care Act visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/ or for more educational materials visit http://www.healthcare.gov/news/brochures/index.html
To schedule your screening mammogram ask your referring provider for a referral, or you may call direct to our convenient central scheduling number and self refer. Our breast health scheduling number is: 253-583-8605 or you may request an appointment online.