Overview of Women's Health
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. Other programs, such as Medicaid and Title X (ten) family planning program, provide access to a range of reproductive health services regardless of income. Currently, 48 percent of babies are covered under Medicaid. This program become an important insurance program for maternal health coverage in some states.
The AAFP also supports access to legal, clinically indicated care for women without undue legislative inference from governmental entities or policies that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. As physicians trained to provide obstetric and gynecological care, the AAFP supports training, appropriate reimbursement, system reforms, and coverage to ensure that all women have access to high quality care that meets their unique needs.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Letter of Support for Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act (HR 4996) - November 22, 2019(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4243, the Rural MOMS Act - November 20, 2019(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4995, for the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act - November 20, 2019(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HRSA on Rural Health Care Access - October 9, 2019(5 page PDF)
AAFP Letter Supporting the Rural MOMS Act - August 26, 2019(1 page PDF)
Joint Communications with Other Organizations
Joint Letter Supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) - October 21, 2019(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Senate Committee of Appropriations on FY20 Title X - July 3, 2019(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Appropriations Subcommittee on FY20 Womens Health Research - June 21, 2019(2 page PDF)
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