Monday, August 6, 2012

Get the Word Out to Women
By Nate Jonker, Director of the Clio Area Healthy Community Initiative
Help save tax dollars!  Curtail future medical costs!  Tell 1.5 million Michigan women about new preventive care services available with no co-pay through insurance companies.  Approximately 47 million American women are in health plans that must cover the following preventive services at no charge with no co-pay:
•Well-woman visits.
•Gestational diabetes screening that helps protect pregnant women from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.
•Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.
•FDA-approved contraceptive methods, and contraceptive education and counseling.
•Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.
•HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older.
•Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually-active women.
•HIV screening and counseling for sexually-active women.
These services are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, which relied on independent physicians, nurses, scientists, and other experts as well as evidence-based research to develop its recommendations. Women, not insurance companies, can now make health decisions that will keep them healthy, catch potentially serious conditions at an earlier state, and protect them and their families from crushing medical bills.
To learn more about the health care services you may be eligible for at no extra charge under the Affordable Care Act, go to