New Campaign Highlights Critical Preventive Services For Women As Provided Under the ACA


New Campaign Highlights Critical Preventive Services For Women As Provided Under the ACA

January 9, 2018
A provider looks down at a tablet and explains something to a patient.

Well-women visits. Breast cancer screenings. Contraception, counseling, and follow-up care. All of these services and more are still covered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without extra costs to you. 

In an effort to bring awareness to the preventive medical services available to women, a partnership of prominent organizations have launched the Care Women Deserve campaign. The primary purpose of the campaign is to highlight the requirement that insurances plans are required to provide coverage for preventive medical services without copay, coinsurance, or deductible. Participating organizations include; The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Black Women’s Health Imperative, March of Dimes, National Women’s Law Center, Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, UnidosUS, and the United State of Women (USOW). 

Under the (ACA), a wide variety of preventive health services were required to be covered by health insurance plans without additional costs to the insured. Unfortunately, recent directives from the present Administration have generated much confusion regarding which medical services remain covered under the ACA. 

At present, the critical preventive medical services still mandated by the ACA include well-woman visits, contraception, counseling and follow-up care, as well as, counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STI). In addition, screenings for cervical cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), breast cancer, interpersonal and domestic violence, and gestational diabetes are also available at no cost. For most new mothers, breastfeeding services and supplies are also available at no additional cost.

Access to preventive medical services was and is a fundamental tenet of the ACA. The Care Women Deserve campaign seeks to remind women nationwide that important medical services remain available, as well as, ensuring that this administration doesn’t reduce or limit the availability of such care. It is critical to remember that preventive medical services are vital to ensuring women’s health at every stage in their lives.

For more information, we urge you to visit Care Women Deserve and learn more about the benefits available to women under the ACA. And activate yourself by spreading the word about the important health services still available to women using the hashtag #GetTheCare and sharing the resources found at