CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES PREVENTIVE CARE FOR WOMEN AT NO EXTRA COST BEGINS TODAY
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) announces that under the Affordable Care Act, for the first time ever, women will now have access to life-saving preventive care, such as mammograms and contraception, without paying any more out of their own pockets.
"Women have had a tougher time than most when it comes to having access to preventive care and it is long past the time that things should have changed," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "The Affordable Care Act already has benefits in place specifically for women, but now beginning August 1, 2012 most private health insurance plans will cover additional women's preventive services without requiring women to pay more for those necessary services."
These services include:
•Screening for gestational diabetes, which help protect the mother and her child from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases
•Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
•Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence
•Contraception and contraceptive counseling
•HPV DNA testing
•HIV screening and counseling
These services are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, which relied on advice from independent physicians, nurses, scientists, and other experts, as well as evidence-based research, to develop its recommendations. And insurance companies know these services help prevent disease and illness, which can save them money in the long run.
By eliminating barriers like co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles, secure, affordable coverage is quickly becoming a reality for millions of American women and families.
Congressman Hinojosa added, "These eight preventive care measures could save the lives of the women we love and to me there is nothing better than investing in their health."
For more on the new guidelines, visit www.HealthCare.gov
Or call your insurer for questions about how these new provisions will affect your plan.