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Thursday, August 2, 2012
WAWH Supporter E-Update
August 1st: A Day of Celebration for Women's Health!
Wisconsin Women Continue to Win with the Affordable Care Act!
Wisconsin women are winning with the Affordable Care Act! The
law is already making health care more affordable for women and our
families care by requiring insurance companies to cover women's
preventive health services without additional charges, like co-pays and
In 2008, one in four women
reported going without necessary health care because they could not
afford it. Expensive co-pays are a major barrier, preventing us from
getting the care we need - more than half of women have delayed or
avoided preventive care
because of its cost! The affordable preventive care guaranteed by the
ACA will create a powerful tool for improving the health of all women.
As of the Fall of 2010 all new plans had to start covering these important preventive health services for women without copays. As of this summer, 413,000 Wisconsin women have already been receiving these preventive services without financial barriers.
sexual health screenings
anemia & hepatitis B screening for pregnant women
blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol testing
counseling about quitting smoking, losing weight, choosing healthy foods, treating depression, reducing alcohol use
Starting today, August 1, 2012 all new plans will have to start covering these important preventive health services for women without copays:
Comprehensive contraceptive care.The
full range of Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive
methods, including birth control pills, IUDs as well as sterilization
procedures, patient education and counseling for all women with
Screening and counseling for intimate partner violence.Screening
and counseling for women and adolescents about current and past
violence and abuse so that providers can address health concerns about
safety and other health problems that may be associated with
interpersonal and domestic violence.
Screening for gestational diabetes.
Screening pregnant women for gestational diabetes, a form of the
disease which develops during pregnancy and occurs more often among
women of color. Gestational diabetes increases a woman's risk of
developing other forms of the disease in the future as well as her
child's risk of being overweight and insulin resistant.
Breastfeeding counseling and equipment.Making
trained breastfeeding counselors available to all women during
pregnancy and after they give birth and making breastfeeding equipment
available to those who want it.
Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).Counseling
all sexually active women on STIs annually; screening all sexually
active women for HIV infection annually; and adding a test for high-risk
human papillomavirus (HPV) - an infection that can cause cervical
cancer -- to conventional cervical cancer screening for women starting
at age 30 and continuing every three years. These recommendations for
counseling and screening are critical at time when more and more women
are becoming infected by risk behaviors of their partners that the women
may not know about.
Well-woman preventive care visits.Conducting
at least one well-woman preventive care visit for adult women each year
so that women can get the recommended preventive services