Your Complete Guide to the Free Preventative Services Rule for Women

By Teofilia A.

Birth ControlThe Department of HHS has created new guidelines for women’s health care under the Affordable Care Act.  To create these guidelines, they went to the Institute of Medicine, and thought of the best way to prevent disease, based on pure “science.” The result?,  Obama made those ways to prevent disease for the women of America a basic human right, and therefore free.  What does that mean for us?  For one , any well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, breast-feeding support, domestic violence screening and all FDA approved birth control methods will be free of charge.  This will change everything from allocation of birth control pills to the management of breast exams but more importantly it will mean women who have insurance will no longer pay anything out of their own pocket. Yay! 

But that’s not all, we also get to choose from any primary care doctor, OB GYN, or Pediatrician that we’d like. Also, what many do not know is that in the past women could  be charged more for their health insurance just because they were females, but in 2014 that will change. Keeping our women healthy, will keep their families healthy.  The negative affect and opposing argument is that  we may all have to end up paying for it in the end,when all of our premiums go up but in this case the ends, far exceeds the means. 

Hopefully the practice of doing without or even postponing preventive care because of money issues will stop.  However, more importantly we hope now that women will take this opportunity to stop any health problems before they begin and become more complicated and life-threatening. 

There are many more additions to this act and you can find more information about how this directly effects you , by state HERE

Source: “Health Care and Your Family”, U.S. Dept of HHS, retrieved: August 12, 2011.