Over at MSNBC’s new blog Lean Forward, Sandra Fluke weighs in on the multiple provisions in the Affordable Care Act that take effect today involving substantive changes in new and renewed insurance plans for women’s health. Among the new provisions:
- It guarantees them a free annual well-woman visit, and if needed, follow-up visits. That visit will now include a no-cost screening for domestic or intimate partner violence. For sexually-active women, the visit must also include a free annual screening for HIV and counseling for other sexually transmitted infections.
- It entitles women over 30 to a DNA screening for HPV (human pappilomavirus) every three years, regardless of pap smear results. Detecting and treating HPV will reduce these women’s risk of cervical cancer. Continue reading