Preventive Care

Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early by making healthy lifestyle choices such as eating nutritional foods, getting appropriate exercise, and visiting your doctor for preventive care.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) introduced new services for women’s health care to be effective on plan years beginning on or after 8/1/12. More services have been added since then. View the Preventive Health Guidelines and Benefits for Preventive Services below to see what screenings, immunizations and other preventive measures are recommended by the experts for your age group and gender. Use these guidelines to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, but talk with your doctor about your specific health concerns, and follow your doctor’s advice.

Preventive Health Guidelines

  • Guidelines for plans effective on or after 5/1/13
  • Guidelines for plans effective on or after 5/1/14

Benefits for Preventive Services

These fliers show what preventive services are covered at no cost to you when services are provided by an in-network provider:

  • Services for plan years beginning on or after 5/1/13
  • Services for plans effective on or after 5/1/14

See page 3 of the flier for information about the new services effective 5/1/14:

    • Screening for Intimate Partner Violence 
    • Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults

Grandfathered Plans

If you are on an employer group plan that has not yet implemented the newest women’s health care services because your plan is grandfathered under PPACA, your plan may not include the newest women’s health care services or may not pay for them at no cost to you. Please refer to the below Benefits for Preventive Services and Preventive Health Guidelines to see the services that apply to your plan.

If you are not sure if your employer group plan has moved to the newest preventive services, contact BCBSNE Member Services at the number on the back of your BCBSNE member ID card.   

More Information on Some of the Women's Services

Additional Information

These fliers help explain how to maintain a healthy lifestyle or how covered services are considered under the preventive services: