Reporting Lisa Sigell
LOS ANGELES (CBS) —The Affordable Care Act Wednesday required insurance companies to offer millions of women eight new healthcare prevention services at no cost.
Women now have access to preventive services like screening for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding support, screening/counseling for domestic violence and HIV, counseling for STD’s, HPV testing and contraception.
“I think it’s a huge win for women’s health in general,” said Dr. David Finke.
An estimated 47 million women are in health plans that must cover these services without copays or deductibles.
Certain religious organizations, such as churches and schools, are exempt.
The contraception requirements includes access to the morning after pill
However, most women will not get the free benefits right away. They have to wait until their insurance gets renewed.