Menendez: Hispanic Women will now be Able to Access More Free Preventive Services Thanks to the Affordable Care Act
August 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - Starting today August 1st, millions of Hispanic women will have access to additional preventive health care services at no additional cost under the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today called this expanded coverage “proof that the health care law is making a real difference in the lives of Hispanic Americans.” The provisions that go into effect August 1 require that new and renewed insurance policies cover even more preventive health care services unique to women’s health care needs, including gestational diabetes and HIV screenings, HPV testing, and breastfeeding support, all without co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles. Hispanic women, who are disproportionately at risk of gestational diabetes, HIV infection, and cervical cancer, will benefit greatly from the added protections to women’s health.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Hispanic women now have access to more free preventive health care services unique to their needs, including well-visits, vaccinations, and education, leading to prevention, early detection and thus, lower health care costs and better overall health,” said Menendez.
“With modern medicine and scientific advancements that are unlocking cures and saving lives, it’s simply unacceptable that some women are forced to choose between an annual wellness exam or putting food on the kitchen table for their families,” Menendez added. “The affordable care act is working, and this is one more example of the positive impact it is having in our communities. As long as I have a voice in the Senate, I will continue to fight against efforts to repeal the very health care law that is ensuring Hispanic women get the preventive care they need with no out-of-pocket cost.”
Currently, the Affordable Care Act makes preventive care like mammograms and cervical cancer screening available to women with no cost-sharing. Click here for a list of the expanded preventive health care coverage for women, and here for more information on the Affordable Care Act.
*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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