Preventive care benefits for women

All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive services for women without charging a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible.

IMPORTANT These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

Services for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant

  1. Breastfeeding support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
  2. Birth control: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity (not including abortifacient drugs). This does not apply to health plans sponsored by certain exempt “religious employers.” Learn more about contraceptive coverage.
  3. Folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
  4. Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 weeks pregnant (or later) and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  5. Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
  6. Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  7. Maternal depression screening for mothers at well-baby visits (PDF, 1.5 MB)
  8. Preeclampsia prevention and screening for pregnant women with high blood pressure
  9. Rh incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
  10. Syphilis screening
  11. Expanded tobacco intervention and counseling for pregnant tobacco users
  12. Urinary tract or other infection screening

Get more information about services for pregnant women from HealthFinder.gov

Other covered preventive services for women

  1. Bone density screening for all women over age 65 or women age 64 and younger that have gone through menopause
  2. Breast cancer genetic test counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk
  3. Breast cancer mammography screenings
    • Every 2 years for women 50 and over
    • As recommended by a provider for women 40 to 49 or women at higher risk for breast cancer
  4. Breast cancer chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk
  5. Cervical cancer screening
    • Pap test (also called a Pap smear) for women age 21 to 65
  6. Chlamydia infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
  7. Diabetes screening for women with a history of gestational diabetes who aren’t currently pregnant and who haven’t been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before
  8. Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
  9. Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
  10. HIV screening and counseling for everyone age 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk
  11. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) HIV prevention medication for HIV-negative women at high risk for getting HIV through sex or injection drug use
  12. Sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually active women
  13. Tobacco use screening and interventions
  14. Urinary incontinence screening for women yearly
  15. Well-woman visits to get recommended services for all women

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