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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:35 PM

The 8 Preventive Health Services that Women Start Getting Free Today

Sticking to the 4 paragraph rule so I am leaving out much more than I would like to (sorry about that, not my fault).



http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/01/the-8-preventive-health-services-that-women-start-getting-free-today/


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From free birth control to breast-feeding support, American women are now eligible for eight additional preventive health care benefits free under the Affordable Care Act






Starting today, about 47 million American women will have access to free preventive health services as part of a new provision in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Comprehensive preventive care coverage will now be provided for insured women enrolling in new health care plans or renewing their existing policies on or after Aug. 1, 2012.

Here’s the breakdown, courtesy of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, of the eight services women are now eligible to receive under the new provision without a copay or any cost sharing:







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Reply The 8 Preventive Health Services that Women Start Getting Free Today (Original post)
Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 OP
PSUDem Aug 2012 #1
Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #4
xmas74 Aug 2012 #6
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #2
xmas74 Aug 2012 #3
Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #5
Cal Carpenter Aug 2012 #7
Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #10
1-Old-Man Aug 2012 #8
leftstreet Aug 2012 #9
SoCalDem Aug 2012 #11

Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:11 PM

1. The question is How?

My insurance company (Aetna) has not been super forthcoming with the information regarding how, or if, for example, breast pumps would be covered by my plan, and if they are, how to get one, etc. Wife is having baby in September and we would really like to know.

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Response to PSUDem (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:05 PM

4. Call her obstetrician and/or your hospital.

Someone should provide them and bill your insurance for them.

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Response to PSUDem (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:06 PM

6. I've been trying to find that out too.

Birth control is no longer supposed to have a copay. When I contacted my prescription insurance I was informed that yes, there is a copay and that it's actually going up. According to them, this part is handled by my health insurance company. But upon calling the health insurance company they said that all prescriptions for my plan are handled by my prescription company.

That, and there's been a run around about how my bc pills aren't for contraceptive use. My prescription is for irregular menstrual cycles which, according to my prescription insurance, isn't covered by the ACA as no copay preventative service.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:58 PM

2. Are there any provisions for preventative screenings for men?

 

That would make more sense as we don't live nearly as long.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:03 PM

3. Yes, there is a list of everything that must be offered in a preventative exam (well being)

exam for men. It's on the healthcare.gov website-I just sent the link to a friend a few days ago.

The women's exams are different because they often cost more. I just had a pap a few weeks ago and the price for the test (if insurance hadn't picked up the cost) was nearly $300-and that was for one lab.

The men's services were pretty basic but had additions as the person progressed in age. (Example: colonosopy at age 50, AAA ultrasound at age 65, etc.)

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:05 PM

5. The very end of the article touches on a couple.


But today is all about the ladies.


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Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:06 PM

7. That should read "some women"

Unless millions of uninsured, low-income, and unemployed women don't count.

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:24 PM

10. True, it should at least say "insured women".

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:09 PM

8. I dont think all of those actually begin today

There was a lady on C-span this morning who indicated that the new provisions would be included in any renewals or new policies and had to be integrated into all policies by some date certain, it was different for each provision, but in fact very few of them were automatically in place for everyone as of today. At least that is how I understood her.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:13 PM

9. BULLSHIT! It's not 'free,' it's for women with INSURANCE

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:27 PM

11. "...for insured women enrolling in new health care plans or renewing their existing policies..."

Key phrase.

For too many women working in lousy jobs-for-tips or low paid part time jobs with no benefits, they will see no difference.

Single payer/medicare-for-all is the ONLY solution to what ails our society

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