New Preventive Services for Women’s Health

Women have unique biological factors that affect their health and well-being. Every woman should take a proactive approach to her health and understand the benefits of using preventive health care services. Until recently, women might have looked at preventive care as a burden, but now it can be thought of as an accessible and vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Because of changes made by the Affordable Care Act, women are now eligible to receive recommended preventive health care services such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer and prenatal care without having to pay a co-pay, co-insurance or deductible. Having access to these new services ensures that women may receive important comprehensive medical care.

Under The University of Alabama’s current medical plan, female participants receive inpatient routine newborn care and cervical cancer vaccines covered at 100 percent with no co-pay and no deductible. For UA’s medical plan, the additional preventive health care services defined by the Affordable Care Act will be available at the beginning of UA’s new plan year on Jan. 1, 2013.

These new provisions give women an opportunity to educate themselves on women’s health issues while providing them with resources to stay healthy. In order to take advantage of the new women’s preventive services that will be covered at no cost to the employee, it is important to know what they are and how they can help.

A summary of the eight new additional women’s preventive services appears in this chart below.

For more information on preventive coverage and the Affordable Care Act, please visit bcbsal.org or call Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama’s member customer service at 1-800-292-8868.

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