Prevention is certainly one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle and having access to care is critical in ensuring potential illnesses are caught early. Regardless of what is happening in healthcare today from a government perspective, one area to be proud of is the passing of the stipulation for women to have Well-Woman care without a co-pay or deductible. This is a section of legislation that the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) worked with US Congress, the Institute of Medicine, and the US Department and Health and Human Services to see this pass.
According to their press release: Today, our nation affirms the importance of a womans ability to access needed preventive care, says ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD. An annual well-woman visit is a fundamental part of medical care and promotes prevention practices, recognizes risk factors for disease, identifies medical problems, and establishes the often life-long patient-physician relationship. This annual visit provides an excellent opportunity for ob-gyns to counsel patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks. The new law ensures that important services, including preconception care, screening and counseling for intimate partner violence, and lactation support, are covered by employer health plans.
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