Just as the headlines about the GOP War on Women's Right to Taxpayer-funded Condoms have started to die down, I received a notice from my health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts -- the first of many to come if the Supreme Court doesn't strike down ACA -- which summarizes changes to come under ObamaCare:
Changes to Women's Preventive Health Services Coverage
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines to ensure that all women have access to preventive health services necessary for women's health and wellbeing. These new guidelines require health plans and health insurance issuers to cover the recommended women's preventive health services without charging a copayment, co-insurance, or deductible for in-network services...includ[ing] the following types of preventive services:
- Well-women visits
- Screening for gestational diabetes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
- Counseling for sexually transmitted infections
- Counseling and screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Contraceptive methods and counseling
- Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
- Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence.
All of these preventative measures are laudable in a perfect world, but it is striking the extent of coverage afforded exclusively to the distaff population. Free "well-women visits"? My "well-man visit," i.e., my annual physical, cost me a $25 copay and around $500 for routine blood tests, on top of my family's monthly insurance payment of $1,535. Do men get free HIV counseling and HPV testing too? Of course, to ask these questions is to take a trip into Obamaville, where every citizen demands the maximum amount of stuff he or she can get from the federal government stash.
Not to worry however. DHHS has mandated that "insurance issuers will need to cover these services without member cost sharing." Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.