As of Aug. 1, insurers are required to cover eight preventative care measures for women at no out-of-pocket-cost. Based on Census Bureau data, 47 million women in the U.S. now have access to free annual physicals, HIV testing and counseling, HPV DNA testing, screenings for gestational diabetes, screening and counseling for domestic abuse, breastfeeding medical support, counseling for sexually transmitted infections, and FDA-approved contraceptive products. This month, insurance rebates also kick. The average rebate across the nation is about $150. Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that have been available since September 2010 include: no levying out-of-pocket-costs on patients receiving mammograms and colonoscopies, children up to age 26 are covered by their parents’ insurance, and insurers cannot deny children with pre-existing conditions—including heart disease, cancer, asthma and high blood pressure.
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