The Affordable Care Act says that preventive health tests or services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have to be available to most insured consumers without any out-of-pocket cost. The Task Force is now requiring a few more preventative services to be covered in full by insurance, applying to all plans beyond those grandfathered in. This list is comprised of the following:
* Low-dose aspirin for pregnant women at high risk for preeclampsia, a condition characterized by an abrupt increase in blood pressure that can lead to serious complications for the woman and baby.
* Hepatitis B screenings for adolescents and adults at high risk for infection
* Gestational diabetes screening after 24 weeks of pregnancy for asymptotic women (already typically covered)
These services were deemed necessary to add onto the list grade A- or B-level preventative screenings, which can be found in full here, and you should see them fully covered by 2016. Get in touch if you have any questions about your plan today.