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New Preventative Care Services Added

August 1, 2011

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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