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CommonHealth: ACA's Free Preventative Health Services For Women Go Into Effect07:12
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Women will now receive a handful of free preventative services as a result of the Affordable Care Act. (AP)
Women will now receive a handful of free preventative services as a result of the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

As of Aug. 1, private insurers are now required to start providing women with eight basic preventive health services for no extra fee, according to provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

The ones that have gotten the most buzz are coverage for contraceptives and for breastfeeding support and equipment. However, the new provisions also include testing for gestational diabetes, HIV and HPV screening, counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence and coverage for well-woman visits.

Guests:

  • Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog
  • Dr. Paula Johnson, executive director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital

This segment aired on August 7, 2012.

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