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 Congress on the Women's Public Health and Safety Act - September 28, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Sen. Murray In Support of OTC Oral Contraceptives - July 17, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Rep. Duckworth Supporting the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act - June 11, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS Supporting Medicare Coverage of Cervical Screenings - May 11, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS Supporting National Coverage for HIV Screening - February 18, 2015(2 page PDF)
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