Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Senior Center News: Women's Health Care

News From Dolly Baughman
Sage Community Resources

Hi all,

I was on this call today. This is awesome news!!! It was in regards to the additional preventive health services guidelines for women, added to the Affordable Care Act, which will be effective for all new health plans as of 08/01/2012. They want all involved to get the word out to women so they will know what care is included in this new ruling. They said to go out to web site to find more information.

Apparently, some of the news media is misrepresenting the information. During the Q & A, some religious groups asked if they would be exempt due to the contraceptive add on. And of course there is still much ado regarding grandfathered plans versus what makes a health plan a “New Health Plan”. They said there is a 60- day comment period for any concerns but it will not change the 08/01/2012 effective date of the new rules. They pretty much read the information below word by word.

Making It Easier for Women to Get Care They Need
Posted August 01, 2011

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Everyone wants their family to be healthy. And a key component of this is making sure that mothers, daughters, and sisters have access to the preventive services they need.

Currently, Americans use preventive services at only about half the recommended rate. All too often, the combination of women’s lower incomes and higher out-of-pocket health costs means that women are particularly likely to forgo needed preventive services, such as annual well-woman visits and breastfeeding supplies.

Today we are moving one step closer to knocking down the barriers to the services that can help keep American women healthy. In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced historic new guidelines that will ensure millions of women receive preventive health services with no cost sharing, including:
· well-woman visits
· screening for gestational diabetes
· human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 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
· domestic violence screening and counseling

By eliminating barriers like copays, co-insurance, and deductibles, these guidelines will help improve access to affordable, quality health care for all women. New private health plans must cover the guidelines on women’s preventive services with no cost sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. Call your insurer for more information.
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Learn more about the new women's prevention guidelines. web site to find more information.

Thanks, Dolly

Dolly Baughman
Public Health Program Manager
Sage Community Resource
125 E 50th Street
Garden City, Idaho 83714
(208) 322-7033 ext: 217

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