Affordable Care Act, in effect as of August 1, 2012, provides cheaper (or free!) access to cancer screening and preventative measures!
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday, August 1, 2012, that forty-seven million women are “getting greater control over their health care and access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket.”
Eight preventative health services are provided under the Affordable Care Act, two of which will provide easier access to cancer screening and preventative measures:
- Well-woman visits- Annual visits to the gynecologist provide a professional breast exam and possible mammogram, as well as a check up on your general health.
- HPV DNA testing, for women 30 or older- Annual screening for HPV can catch this virus at an early stage and hopefully lower the chance of HPV-caused cervical cancer.
Along with these services, gestational diabetes screening, STI counseling, HIV screening and counseling, contraception and contraceptive counseling, breast feeding support, supplies, and counseling, and interpersonal and domestic violence screening and counseling are also covered under the Affordable Care Act.
If patients are unsure if their insurance falls under the ACA or are having difficulty locating insurance coverage as a cancer survivor, contact LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services at 1-825-220-7777 or visit Livestrong.org to fill out a request for assistance.