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.
- Joint Letter Supporting the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act - August 13, 2013(2 page PDF)
- Joint Letter to HHS on Dependent Coverage of Newborns - July 26, 2013(3 page PDF)
- Joint Letter to President Obama on the Tummino v Hamburg case - June 7, 2013(2 page PDF)
- Joint Letter to HHS Regarding Over-the-counter Access for Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraception - December 7, 2012(2 page PDF)
- Letter to Crisis Pregnancy Centers - July 23, 2012(1 page PDF)
- Letter to National Association of Community Health Centers Encouraging Them to Offer Family Planning Services - July 23, 2012(2 page PDF)
- AAFP Statement in Support of the Coverage of Over-the-Counter Family Planning Pharmaceuticals - July 20, 2012(1 page PDF)