Beginning Aug. 1 women began to receive free preventative care under the Affordable Care Act. However, as the American Medical News points out, there are exemptions that make plans confusing. These include grandfathered plans that existed on March 23, 2010 or “plan years” that started before Aug. 1. among others.
For physicians this can cause billing problems. According to the AMN report, the confusion has led at least two doctors to refrain from billing female patients to keep down the costs of refunds.
Under the ACA, women’s preventive care insurers must cover:
- Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
- HPV testing
- Screening and counseling for domestic violence
- Screening for gestational diabetes
- STD counseling and screening
- Well-woman visits