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PHOTO: Female doctor with stethoscope.
PHOTO: Female doctor with stethoscope.
August 3, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – For women, the Affordable Care Act may be the greatest advance in women's health in a generation. Tracy Durbin with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland offers that view, because beginning this month, women with new private insurance policies can receive "Well Woman" preventive care at no additional cost. She says that will certainly help strained family budgets.

"They're going to be able to access these without any cost-sharing anymore. Which means they won't have to pay a co-pay for going to have their well woman exams; they won't have to pay co-pays or have co-insurance for having mammograms."

Durbin says because of the expense, many women put off getting needed medical care.

"They focus on their families first, they focus on their children first, and if it's going to cost them 40, 50 or 100 dollars to go in and have a Pap smear, many times they'll just delay that, or they'll not do it at all."

The expanded services available without co-pays include cancer screenings, pre-natal screenings, breastfeeding support and birth control supplies. She says women with existing coverage will receive additional services without co-pays within the next year.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA