WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced on Tues., July 31 that more than 1.4 million New Jersey women will no longer have to pay out of pocket for birth control and other preventive health services. The new coverage will take effect at the next renewal date—on or after Aug. 1—for most health insurance plans.
“Thanks to Obama Care, women will have greater control over their health care and will no longer have to worry if their health needs will be met,” Lautenberg said. “Birth control is basic health care for women and this new coverage will ensure that millions of women have access to the care they need. This is another example of how the health care reform law is taking important steps to remove hurdles and make affordable quality care available to more Americans. While Mitt Romney and other politicians pledge to overturn Obama Care and take health care away from women, we will keep fighting to protect women’s health.”
The new coverage is the result of a requirement in the 2010 health reform law that insurers must provide women with access to life-saving preventive care at no additional cost. Starting tomorrow, all new insurance plans will be required to provide eight prevention-related services for women without deductibles or co-pays, and existing plans will be required to provide that coverage at the next renewal date.
The following services will be covered:
• Well-woman visits.
• FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
• Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
• Gestational diabetes screening, which helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
• Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
• HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
• Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
• HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.