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News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: August 1, 2011
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Jones Applauds HHS Decision To Require Preventative Services For Women
New services benefit women’s health

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency's (HHS) adoption of new guidelines requiring health insurers to provide preventative services for women.

"I applaud Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision to require health insurers to provide preventative services for women," said Commissioner Jones. "This is yet another important reform under the Affordable Care Act which will make sure that women receive needed preventive services and lower the ultimate cost of care."

The preventative services recommended by a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel and approved by HHS include well-woman visits, domestic violence screening, advanced screening for cervical cancer and at least one preventative health exam per year. These services would be provided without a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance to those seeking services.

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