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_At least one “well-woman” preventive care visit annually.
_Annual HIV counseling and screening for sexually active women.
_Screening for and counseling about domestic violence.
_Annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for sexually active women.
_Support for breast feeding mothers, including the cost of renting pumps.
The screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer is for women starting at age 30, no more frequently than every three years. As for the pregnancy diabetes check, it should come at the first prenatal visit for high-risk women, and between 24 and 28 weeks for all others.
Although the services will be free of any additional charge to patients, somebody has to pay. The cost is likely to be spread among other people with health insurance, resulting in slightly higher premiums.
Dissenting panel member Anthony Lo Sasso, a senior research professor at the University of Illinois school of public health, cited the lack of a cost-benefit analysis as a reason for his disapproval. Panel chair Rosenstock said the group was not asked to consider cost.
It’s unclear how easy it will be to take advantage of the no-copay rule in the doctor’s office. Consider: A woman sees the doctor about pain in her hip _ paying the required the copay _ but during the same visit, receives her overdue screening for cervical cancer.
The Health and Human Services Department should require that the woman not be charged lab fees for that cervical test, said Cynthia Pearson of the National Women’s Health Network.
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