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National Women's Checkup Day

Elycia Arendt
National Women's Health Week NHWH

Today is National Women's Checkup Day, a nationwide effort, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, to encourage women to call their health care professionals to schedule a checkup.  Regular checkups are essential to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.

Women are more likely to need preventive health care services for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, but often have less ability to pay for it. A report by the Commonwealth Fund, found that more than half of women delayed or avoided necessary care because of cost.

The good news on this National Women's Checkup Day is that the Affordable Care Act, the health care legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, helps make preventive services affordable. Over 47 million women have gained access to preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, including well-woman visits, domestic violence screenings and counseling, and contraceptive care.

As a helpful reminder to preventative programs the ACA covers for women, we've created a list below. Please take a moment to schedule a checkup for yourself or to remind the women in your life to do the same.

Preventive Services Covered for Women, Including Pregnant Women, by the Afforable Care Act

Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling

Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women

Aspirin use for women of certain ages

Bacteriuria urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women

Blood Pressure screening for all adults

BRCA counseling about genetic testing for women at higher risk

Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40

Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk

Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women

Cervical Cancer screening for sexually active women

Chlamydia Infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk

Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk

Contraception Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs

Colorectal Cancer screening for adults over 50

Depression screening for adults

Type 2 Diabetes screening for adults with high blood pressure

Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease

Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all 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

Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk

Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit

HIV screening for all adults at higher risk

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening and counseling for sexually active women

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test high risk HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older

Immunization vaccines for adults--doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza (Flu Shot), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Varicella (Learn more about immunizations and see the latest vaccine schedules.)

Obesity screening and counseling for all adults

Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors

Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults

Tobacco Use screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users

Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk

Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services