Insurers to Offer Birth Control Without Co-Pays
Beginning next year, patients will no longer have co-payments or deductibles when receiving contraceptive and other preventive health services.
The Institute of Medicine recently recommended insurers cover 100 percent of costs for certain preventive services for women. This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services signed those recommendations into law.
Other than birth control, insurers will cover the following services without out-of-pocket expense to patients:
Testing for HPV in women 30 and older
Counseling and screening for HIV
Domestic violence counseling
Breastfeeding support provisions, including pump rentals
A minimum of one annual preventive health visit
For pregnant women, screening for gestational diabetes
Annual STD counseling
The requirements will apply to new health insurance policies beginning August 1, 2012.