EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) –- New benefits come into effect Wednesday for women under the Affordable Care Act, but not everyone is eligible. The plan only affects women with private insurance and each company will start incorporating the benefits at different times over the next 18 months.
As of August 1st, women’s preventive benefits will expand to eliminate co-pays for many services, such as well-woman check-ups, pre-natal screenings, birth control, STD testing and resources for victims of domestic violence. The best way to learn about your own eligibility is to contact your insurance provider.
With all the exceptions, not many women will be able to access the free benefits right away but by this time in 2013, millions should be receiving the expanded care.