As of yesterday, New Jersey women are eligible for eight new preventive services through their insurance coverage without having to provide a co-pay or have it factor against their deductible.
That’s because the Affordable Care Act has a provision that these eight preventive services must be offered free as part of any standard insurance coverage, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provision that kicked in August 1.
The eight services include: well-woman visits; gestational diabetes screening; domestic violence counseling; FDA-approved birth control; breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling; HPV DNA testing for women 30 or older; sexually transmitted infections counseling; and HIV screening. The ACA already has made the same requirement for mammograms, cholesterol screenings and flu shots.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-Bergen), who has battled with Gov. Chris Christie for the past three years over funding for women’s health, hailed the requirements as a “huge step forward for women’s health” but also took the opportunity to blast Christie for denying funding to women’s health centers. She called it “conservative dogma” that could be “found in our own home state of New Jersey.”