Breast Cancer Awareness Month Spotlight: How the Affordable Care Act Increases Access to Preventative Care for American Women

By Alexandra Beane — October 18, 2012

If you seem to be seeing pink everywhere, it’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year brings more good news in the U.S. about important preventative measures for women. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed in March of 2010, mammograms are covered with no cost sharing for new health plans, and as of Aug. 2012, annual well-woman exams are also available without any co-pay under new health plans. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),“[A]pproximately 47 million women are in health plans that must cover these new preventive services at no charge. Women, not insurance companies, can now make health decisions that will keep them healthy, catch potentially serious conditions at an earlier state, and protect them and their families from crushing medical bills.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular mammograms are the best tests for early breast cancer detection, and can detect breast cancer up to three years before it can be found in a manual exam.

For a list of the eight new preventative tests covered effective Aug. 2012, and all preventative services that are now covered under the ACA, go to


Courtesy Image: National Breast Cancer Foundation

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