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Women's Preventive Care Enhancements Begin Today

August 1, 2012

Today health plans implemented the mandated expansion of women's preventive care services as directed by HHS.

Enhanced benefits include:

*Well Woman Visits
*Screening for Gestational Diabetes
*Testing for HPV
*Counseling for Sexually Transmitted Infections
*Screening and Counseling for HIV
*FDA Approved Contraception Methods and Contraceptive Counseling
*Breastfeeding Supplies, Support and Counseling
*Screening and Counseling for Interpersonal and Domestic Violence

The important thing to remember here is that these new benefits are automatically included in any new health policy with an effective start date of August 1, 2012 or after, Existing health insurance policies may not add these enhancements on immediately and woman on existing policies may have to wait until a specified date for the addition of the enhanced benefits.

For example, Anthem Blue Cross of California will add these enhanced benefits onto existing policies (before 8/1/12) at the start of the new policy year (most likely January 1, 2013).

Click on the official Blue Cross Notification



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