Health Care Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has provided U.S. citizens with many benefits. The newest provision adds more preventive care for women, many of which were already covered by Blue Cross and Blue Care Network.
Some of the services covered for women won’t cost Blues members a penny out of pocket when services are rendered by network providers and certain other conditions are met. The services include:
These new benefits fit right in with the Blues’ focus on preventive care. In fact, we already provide coverage for many of the services mandated by the health care reform. That’s because prevention is the foundation of the care we provide. We believe that preventive care can help keep you healthy and avoid serious and expensive medical conditions.
Because of how they’re structured, certain BCBSM and BCN plans don’t include these services.
In addition, some group health plans sponsored by certain religious employers may also be exempt from having to cover contraceptive services. However, they must cover all other preventive services.
When do these changes take effect? Those with individual coverage from the Blues received this benefit update on Aug. 1. The changes go into effect for members of group plans that begin on or after the same date. Most Blues group members who have 2013 effective dates will see the changes Jan. 1, 2013.
For more specific information about these new benefits, contact your health plan administrator, or call the customer service number on the back of your BCBSM or BCN card. For the latest information on health care reform, visit bcbsm.com/healthreform.
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