New private health plans must cover certain preventive services and eliminate cost-sharing requirements for those services under new regulations issued by the departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor, in light of the new healthcare reform law.
New health plans beginning on or after September 23, 2010, must cover the following preventive services:
- Evidence-based preventive services (e.g., screenings for breast and colon cancer, vitamin deficiencies during pregnancy, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, as well as tobacco cessation counseling)
- Routine vaccines
- Prevention for children (e.g., regular pediatrician visits, vision and hearing screening, developmental assessments, immunizations, and screening and counseling to address obesity)
- Prevention for women (new preventive care guidelines are expected to be issued by August 1, 2011)
Read Healthcare Reform Update: Coverage Without Cost-Sharing of Preventive Services for more information on preventive care regualations.
You can also visit healthcare.gov.