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New free health services now available to women across U.S.

August 1, 2012 |  1:24 pm

Women in Los Angeles and around the U.S. can now receive free preventive services such as contraceptive counseling, HIV screening and breastfeeding support, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

The federal health reform law required the services to be fully covered beginning Aug. 1. In the past, some insurance companies did not include them and others required deductibles or copays.  

The covered services include gestational diabetes screening, well-woman visits, domestic violence screening and counseling, contraception, breastfeeding support and supplies, HIV screening and sexually transmitted infections counseling. Some religious organizations are exempted from the requirements.


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