(Washington D.C.) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) updated the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) set of women’s preventive services that are required to be covered by insurance plans without any out-of-pocket costs.
The update is based on clinical recommendations made by a panel of women’s health experts, including the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), that was convened by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as part of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI).
A full list of the women’s preventive services that eligible plans must cover without cost sharing can be found here. Alongside the clinical recommendations, the WPSI final report outlines practical implementation considerations.
The following is a statement by Gretchen Borchelt, the National Women’s Law Center’s Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health:
“Women got good news today. A panel of health experts reaffirmed the cost-free preventive services they can receive as part of the Affordable Care Act. Over 55 million women are eligible for these essential services, which lower costs that had previously forced many to forgo needed care and suffer poor health outcomes. The panel’s recommendations echo what we routinely hear from women: these services – especially birth control coverage – are critical to their health and economic well-being. Now when some members of Congress are threatening to repeal the ACA, the panel’s conclusions show how far women have come and how much they stand to lose.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.