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 HHS on Draft HPV Report - June 13, 2018(2 page PDF)
Joint Statement on Joint Principles for Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship - May 23, 2018(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter in Support of HR 1318: The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act - April 19, 2018(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS Repsonding to the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care Proposed Rule - March 20, 2018(AAFP page PDF)
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