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Healthcare reform (ObamaCare) improving women's' health, health literacy

The Affordable Care Act "ObamaCare" requires health plans enrolling now to cover 22 preventive services for women.  The following  8 services must be covered with no cost-sharing - that means these services are not free, but ARE included in the premium, no additional charges. Especially important is that education and counseling are required services.  This opens the path for a giant leap forward in health literacy and patient-centered care.

Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women

Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs

Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women

Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening and counseling for sexually active women

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test: high risk HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older*

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) counseling for sexually active women*

Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services for women under 65

See more on these plus covered services for adults and children at

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