By: Deborah Reid and National Health Law Program Team
NHeLP Comments on Proposed Rulemaking for Coverage of Certain Services Under ACA
NHeLP is pleased to offer these comments on the proposed rule for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act (CMS-9940-P), from the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2014. NHeLP works to ensure that all people in the United States – including women – have access to preventive health services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) similarly recognizes that preventive health care services are critical to individual and community health, and that cost is often a barrier. By explicitly requiring that health insurance plans cover women’s preventive health services without cost-sharing, the ACA further acknowledges the critical role that a woman’s health plays in the health and well-being of her family and community, as well as her disproportionately lower earnings.