With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), individuals enrolled in private health plans will have reduced copayments for a specified set of preventive services. The list of approved preventable services such as cancer screenings, colonoscopies, and flu shots is selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, a new report from the IOM, reviews the current list of preventive services for women, examines additional screenings and services that have been shown to be effective, and recommends those that should be considered for inclusion in the guidelines. The report also outlines a process for HHS to coordinate regular updates to the preventive services list over time.
The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing starting at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 20, in the First Amendment Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may participate through a live audio webcast. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 19. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 20. Reporters can obtain a copy and arrange interviews with members of the authoring committee by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.