Employee Benefits-Health Plans May Have To Offer Additional Coverage For Women’s Preventive Care After July

Just a reminder: Group health care plans, if not “grandfathered” under the 2010 health care reform act, must offer additional coverage for certain woman’s preventive care services, without any deductibles or other cost-sharing, for plan years starting after July, 2012. These services include provision of the following: contraceptive devices, drugs and counseling (except for certain religious employers such as churches and synagogues); well woman visits to her docs; gestational diabetes screening; breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling; HPV DNA testing; STI (sexually transmitted infections) counseling; HIV screening and counseling; and domestic violence screening and counseling.

The HHS discussion of these additional coverage requirements for preventive care are here.