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Affordable Care Act Expands 8 New Preventative Health Services to 47 Million Women

August 3, 2012

Starting on August 1, 2012, eight new preventative health services are covered in many health plans without paying more at the doctor's office, benefiting approximately 47 million women.

"President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, "This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions."

The eight new prevention-related services are:

    Well-woman visits Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women

Click here to read more about the new preventative benefits for women and watch a video highlighting them.

Use the resources below from to learn more about prevention and spread the word!

Visit the updated Prevention & Wellness page on
See the full list of 22 covered preventive services for women.
Blog: Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care.
Read the Health and Human Services' press release

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This article was provided by AIDS United. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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