Regular Health Screenings Can Help Keep Women Well

January 9, 2019 6:28 pm

Women, or the women in your life, should make time for healthier lifestyle habits, including eating well, getting enough exercise and managing stress. Scheduling routine health screenings, which can detect potential problems early, should be one of those habits.

Screenings are the key to staying healthy. The earlier a health problem is detected, the more treatable it’s likely to be.

Health plans must cover the following list of preventive services for women without charging a co-payment or coinsurance. These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

Covered preventive services for women

  • Breast cancer genetic test counseling (BRCA) for women at higher risk
  • Breast cancer mammography screenings every one to two years for women over 40
  • Breast cancer chemo-prevention counseling for women at higher risk
  • Cervical cancer screening for sexually active women
  • Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
  • HIV screening and counseling for sexually active women
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older
  • Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
  • Rh incompatibility screening follow-up testing for women at higher risk
  • Sexually transmitted infections screening and counseling
  • Tobacco use screening and interventions
  • Well-woman visits to get recommended services for women under 65

Services for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant

  • Anemia screening on a routine basis
  • Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
  • Folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
  • Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  • Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
  • Sexually transmitted infections screening and counseling
  • Expanded tobacco intervention and counseling for pregnant tobacco users
  • Urinary tract or other infection screening

Ask your doctor for screening recommendations based on your medical and family history and lifestyle. Your health care provider will personalize the timing of the screening tests you need based on many factors. Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital. If you don’t have a PCP, it’s easy to find one. Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

Mercy Health is committed to helping you live a healthy life by nurturing well-being through body, mind and spirit.

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