Starting today, all insurance plans purchased or renewed as of August 1, 2012 on will be required to cover the following preventative cancer screenings without charging a copay or counting towards a deductible:
Well-woman visits: This would include an annual well-woman preventive care visit for adult women to obtain the recommended preventive services, and additional visits if women and their health care providers determine they are necessary. These visits will help women and their health care providers determine what preventive services are appropriate, and set up a plan to help women get the care they need to be healthy.
HPV DNA testing: Women who are 30 or older will have access to high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing every three years, regardless of Pap smear results. Early screening, detection, and treatment have been shown to help reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer.
These provisions join a host of others, including mammograms and BRCA genetic counseling, that will go a long way to saving the lives of women affected by cancer. Removing the burden of cost will increase screening rates and reduce late stage diagnosis of cancer resulting in fewer deaths and less need for invasive treatments.
If you are not sure if you are covered for preventative screenings or are having difficulties locating insurance coverage as a cancer survivor, please contact LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services at 1-855-220-7777 or go to our website and fill out a request for assistance.