Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to women throughout their lives. These services can include not only pre- and postnatal care, but also preventive and wellness care, such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, contraceptive advice, and other diagnostic tests. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), new health insurance policies are required to cover a range of women’s preventive health care services without cost sharing.
Services requiring coverage include:
- Annual, well-woman visits
- Screening for gestational diabetes
- Human papillomavirus testing
- Counseling for sexually transmitted infections
- Counseling and screening for human immune-deficiency virus
- Contraceptive methods and counseling
- Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
- Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence.
With the ACA in place, women can be confident that they’ll continue to receive vital preventive and wellness services provided by trusted family physicians.
AAFP Letter to Health Care Payment LAN on Maternity Care Episodes - May 23, 2016(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Coverage of Male and Female Contraception - April 20, 2016(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Toxic Substance Control Act - February 12, 2016(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CDC on Gardasil Vaccine Information Materials - December 16, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Congress on the Women's Public Health and Safety Act - September 28, 2015(1 page PDF)
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