Accomplishment No. 19: Free preventative care for women
As part of 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.
Beginning today, August 1, 2012, when women renew their insurance plans, most private health insurance plans will cover additional women’s preventive services without additional cost.
This includes services such as:
- Well-woman visits
- 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
- STI counseling
- HIV screening and counseling
Eliminating barriers like co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles, makes affordable coverage a reality for millions of American women and families. And that's a win for us all.
In contrast, Mitt Romney has repeatedly stated that he would repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, putting access to much-needed preventive services at risk for millions of women.