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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ovaries, rejoice!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Did you hear that? That's the sound of womens' reproductive organs breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must now cover preventive services - including annual gynecologist exams, FDA-approved birth control, breast-feeding counseling and STD and HIV screenings - at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Department of Health estimates 47 million women will be affected, according to PBS. And the best news? Experts anticipate the new rules will encourage more women to get tested and visit their doctors.

Read an interview with PBS' Julie Rovner here. Read about the new measures on President Obama's website here.

Find out about local HIV and STD screening services here and other resources, including doctors and pregnancy services, here.

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