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September 09, 2010
Preventive Care Regulations
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.

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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.

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