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Expanded Prevention Coverage for Women's Health and Wellbeing

As a reminder from the March IAI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued new guidelines that require health plans to cover the recommended women's preventive health services below without charging a copayment, co-insurance, or deductible:

  • Annual well-women visits
  • Screening for gestational diabetes
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing
  • Counseling for sexually transmitted infections
  • Counseling and screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Contraceptive methods and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support and breast pumps
  • Domestic violence screening

Our health plans already provide in-network coverage, without copayment, co-insurance, or deductible, for the majority of the recommended preventive health services. Effective on renewals beginning on and after August 1, 2012, health plan changes will be made to include in-network coverage, without copayment, co-insurance, or deductible, for those recommended women's preventive health services not already covered with no cost share. Coverage for all recommended preventive health services is subject to the health plan's network requirements and provisions.

Religious Institutions
Certain religious employers are exempt from covering contraceptive services. BCBSMA will administer the exemption provisions as defined by the federal government.

Learn more about these guidelines at www.bluecrossma.com/employer/iai.

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