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The federal health law offered new coverage guarantees for women, and some advocates fear they could change under Republicans’ efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.
The list of preventive services that insurers must cover without a co-pay could grow to include mammograms for younger women, testing that follows an irregular screening and birth control for men.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that insufficient evidence exists regarding the benefits and harms of visual skin cancer exams.
A CDC survey of teens and young adults finds that nearly half who have had sex but not been tested for disease believe they are not at risk. Yet young people account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections.
Some health professionals worry that the task force’s findings could result in missed opportunities for early intervention.
Primary care doctors can do the initial screening and recommendations for a colonoscopy, the researchers write in JAMA.
The health law waived Medicare’s Part B deductible and dropped the 20 percent copayment for the preventive tests.
The prevention task force also recommends that patients with high blood sugar levels be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling. Under the health law, the services would be covered by insurance without cost sharing.
A study shows that women were 25 percent more likely to be screened in states that expanded Medicaid early.
The nation’s internists urge doctors to quit performing the invasive exam for most women, but gynecologists argue that it is important.