• HHS Issues New Women’s Preventive Services Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines
  • August 31, 2011
  • Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new Guidelines on Women’s Preventive Health (the “Guidelines”). Under Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by the Affordable Care Act and incorporated under ERISA, a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage must provide benefits for, and may not impose cost-sharing (with certain out-of-network exceptions) with respect to, preventive care and screening provided for under these Guidelines. These Guidelines supplement the previously adopted preventive care guidelines, and are subject to the same rules regarding cost-sharing.