2003-01-11 / Community

More Health Services Covered By Insurance Plans

More Health Services Covered By Insurance Plans

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has announced that the Women’s Health and Wellness Act went into effect January 1, 2003. Now most insurance plans will cover osteoporosis exams, prescription contraceptives, and breast and cervical cancer screening.

The new law requires insurers to pay for annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. It also insures coverage for preventative screening tests, like home density exams to detect osteoporosis. Additionally, the law requires that prescription plans include coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices.

"This law now makes vital preventative health care services and treatment that are invaluable to women’s well-being available to all New Yorkers," said Assemblywoman Pheffer.

Women should check with their health insurance provider to make sure that the law applies to their policy. Certain multi-state companies, self-insurers and religious employers are exempt from the legislation. Also, some companies are not required to activate the new benefits until later is 2003.

"I hope women will take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to protect their health. I will continue to work to ensure that New York not only has the best possible health care available, but that all residents can access and afford these services," said Pheffer.

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