Health Care Reform requires non-grandfathered group health plans to provide recommended preventive services at no cost to participants. A list of items or services that are considered recommended preventive services can be found at http://www.healthcare.gov/law/provisions/preventive/index.html. These items and services have been recently updated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) to include the following additional preventive services for women:

  • Well-woman visits
  • Counseling and screening for HIV
  • Screening for gestational diabetes
  • Contraceptive methods and counseling
  • HPV DNA testing
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
  • Counseling for sexually transmitted infections
  • Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence

These expanded preventive services for women must be added for non-grandfathered calendar year plans beginning with the 2013 calendar year and for non-calendar year plans, by August 1, 2012 (unless otherwise exempted by HRSA guidance).