New Preventative Care Services Added


Susan J. Freed

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added to the list of preventative care services that non-grandfathered health plans must cover at 100% without cost sharing by the participant.  These include items and services such as:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.

The new requirements go into effect for plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. For example, a plan that commences on January 1 will need to comply January 1, 2013.  The guidelines are available at


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