That’s what Nancy Pelosi famously said in 2010 here. Now we know what she means!
A couple of weeks ago the news was filled with stories about the new regulations coming out of the Department of Health and Human Services which said that women wanting birth control would be getting it for free (well, not for free really, someone is paying for it!). But, there was much more in that new set of regulations and it’s all for women!
Why isn’t this discrimination against men (from a Health and Human Services press release earlier this month)?
Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care services – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, and other services – are already covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. The Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare. However, the law recognizes and HHS understands the need to take into account the unique health needs of women throughout their lifespan. [What! Men have nothing unique about their health?]
On August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted additional Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services – including well-woman visits, support for breastfeeding equipment, contraception, and domestic violence screening – that will be covered without cost sharing in new health plans starting in August 2012.
The guidelines were recommended by the independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) and based on scientific evidence.
Under the law, many private plans also must cover regular well-baby and well-child visits without cost sharing. With the addition of these new benefits, the Affordable Care Act continues to make wellness and prevention services affordable and accessible for more and more Americans.
The Affordable Care Act helps make prevention affordable and accessible for all Americans [with female body parts—ed] by requiring new health plans to cover and eliminate cost sharing for preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Bright Futures Guidelines recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics.
The law also requires insurance companies to cover additional preventive health benefits for women. For the first time, HHS is adopting new guidelines for women’s preventive services to fill the gaps in current preventive services guidelines for women’s health, ensuring a comprehensive set of preventive services for women.
There is more, check out the list of freebies for women.
I guess they really do intend to push private insurers out of the business.