Women's health groups launch 'Care Women Deserve' program to tout preventive health, insurance benefits

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Several women's health organizations hope to increase awareness of free or low-cost preventive services. (Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

A number of preventive health services for woman are included for free in their health insurance plans, so a group of women's health organizations has joined forces to get the word out. 

The seven organizations launched Care Women Deserve this week to better inform female patients about the health services that are included at no cost in their insurance plans, and to encourage women to take advantage of them. 

The project also seeks to be a set of guidelines for what services women need the most at little-to-no cost and includes common care and tests like well-woman visits, pap smears, contraception, HIV screening, mammograms and breastfeeding support. 

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2019 Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Stakeholder Summit

Given federal and state pricing requirements arising, press releases from industry leading pharma companies, and the new Drug Transparency Act, it is important to stay ahead of news headlines and anticipated requirements in order to hit company profit targets, maintain value to patients and promote strong, multi-beneficial relationships with manufacturers, providers, payers, and all other stakeholders within the pricing landscape. This conference will provide a platform to encourage a dialogue among such stakeholders in the pricing and reimbursement space so that they can receive a current state of the union regarding regulatory changes while providing actionable insights in anticipation of the future.

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"Under the Affordable Care Act, women gained access to a host of important preventive health services without having to pay out of pocket," March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart said in the announcement. "We want all women to understand these benefits, so they can be as healthy as possible at every stage of life." 

In addition to March of Dimes, the initiative includes the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Black Women's Health Imperative, National Women's Law Center, Power to Decide, UnidosUS and the United State of Women. 

Care Women Deserve offers resources for free use on its website.

The program's launch comes amid concern about the future of key elements of the ACA—including its essential health benefits requirements—and the potential for a new approach from the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump administration. 

The administration, for example, has sought out faith-based organizations to learn more about how they can engage with them on women's health issues and has offered employers more leeway in enforcing the law's contraceptive mandate.

That rule was later blocked by a federal judge

"Without access to recommended preventive care, including contraceptive care, women can experience health-related barriers that can negatively impact their lives, as well as the lives of their family," said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of Power to Decide, a campaign to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

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