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 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).