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Your midlife health care just got more affordable

by Margery Gass | Aug 07, 2012
On August 2, 2012, portions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in that mean most women will not have to pay out of pocket for services such as:

  • Annual well-women visits, including routine breast and pelvic exams and Pap tests
  • Birth control and prenatal care – don’t dismiss it too quickly – it is still possible for women to get pregnant around the time of menopause. That is why you should not consider yourself protected from pregnancy until you are one year past your last menstrual period with no bleeding since that last period.
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening and counseling
  • HIV screening and counseling 
  • Counseling for sexually active women about sexually transmitted infections – yes, even after menopause it is possible to become infected by a partner who is carrying an infection. Some couples in a new relationship agree that both will be tested for sexual infections before becoming intimate.
Other important benefits for you are in effect already, including no out-of-pocket costs for mammograms if you’re over 40 and screenings for osteoporosis if you are over age 60 (most guidelines suggest screening after age 65). Midlife is a great time to talk with your provider about how to stay healthy for the rest of your life.

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1 Comment

  1. 1 Sally Stoehr 28 Oct

    Has there been an amendment proposed to the Affordable Care Act to release women from the requirement to carry prenatal coverage if they are postmenopausal, have had a hysterectomy or have had their ovaries either removed or tied?  I am 59, post menopausal, have had one ovary removed due a cyst, and my remaining ovary was "tied" when I was in my 40's!


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