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Topic: Preventive Services

The ACA requires that insurance plans provide important preventive healthcare services – such as vaccines, screening, counseling, and annual checkups – at no out-of-pocket charge. This provision went into effect in 2011.

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Federal Support for Breastfeeding

This document from the American Thoracic Society lists federal breastfeeding benefits under the ACA and offers guidance on common access questions. It discusses requirements for businesses, coverage of breastfeeding supplies and support, preventive services, and the National Breastfeeding Helpline, and includes a flow chart on how to get obtain coverage for breastfeeding equipment.

Women’s Preventive Health Services and Your Insurer

This fact sheet from National Women’s Law Center focuses on the new provisions requiring insurance plans to cover certain women’s preventive health services without cost-sharing. It includes a very useful flow chart for women seeking help in approaching and contacting their insurance company to ensure they are asking the right questions to receive the coverage they are now entitled to.

Contraceptive Coverage in the Health Care Law

This fact sheet from the National Women’s Law Center answers questions regarding the new provisions in the health care law requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives with no co-pay. The provision goes into effect August 1, 2012.

Contraceptive Coverage and Religiously-Affiliated Employers

This March 2012 fact sheet from the National Women’s Law Center describes the narrow class of religious employers that are exempt from the contraceptive coverage requirement and answers questions about the specifics of this accommodation.

Women’s Benefits Under the ACA: A Timeline

This concise timeline from Planned Parenthood shows when various benefits for women mandated by the Affordable Care Act go into effect, from 2010 to 2014.

Domestic Violence Screening and Counseling Under the ACA

This tool kit is intended to help health care providers understand the new federal rules regarding interpersonal and domestic violence. It focuses on working with women and adolescents who have a lifetime exposure to violence and abuse, and lists already existing resources for identifying and effectively responding to abuse. (more…)

Prevention and Health Reform: Bringing Health to Where We Live, Learn, Work, Pray and Play

This presentation by Jeffrey Levi, PhD, of Trust for America’s Health, was made in January 2012 before the JHHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It focuses on the role of prevention to complement the ACA in moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness, and highlights the role of faith-based groups. See also this analogous TEDMED video

National Prevention Strategy – America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness

The National Prevention Strategy was developed to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. (more…)

The ACA’s Prevention Fund in Illinois

The Affordable Care Act created a new “Prevention and Public Health Fund” to assist state and community efforts to prevent illness and promote health, so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives. This state detail shows the amounts of funding and specific projects undertaken to improve wellness and prevention in Illinois. See the national map.

54 Million More Americans with Preventive Coverage

This February 2012 HHS issue brief details how the ACA’s preventive services health benefits are already affecting millions of lives. The act required many insurance plans (so-called ‘non-grandfathered’ plans) to provide coverage for and eliminate cost-sharing on certain recommended preventive health services for policies renewing on or after September 23, 2010.

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