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HHS Announces Historic Guidelines for Preventative Services for Women

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced historic new guidelines requiring insurance plans to make important preventive health services available to women, without copayments or cost-sharing, just one year from now.  The package was recommended by the Institute of Medicine which evaluated the scientific evidence and consulted with medical experts to determine the benefits that are fundamental to preventing chronic illness and maintaining the long term health of women.

The well-defined package of preventive services when readily available, and accessed, has the potential to shift the trends on conditions which affect women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, including HIV and STDs.   The services to be included in the insurance plans include:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.

We thank HHS for ensuring that these critically important preventive services will be available to all women without an additional financial burden.

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