The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury issued interim final regulations on July 14, 2010 requiring health plans beginning on or after September 23, 2010 to cover certain recommended preventive services. Under the new regulations, such health plans may not charge patients copayments, coinsurance or deductibles for these services when they are delivered by a network provider. Covered preventive services include—
- evidence-based items or services with an A or B rating in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations with respect to the individual involved
- immunizations for routine use in children, adolescents and adults with a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to the individual involved
- evidence-informed preventive care and screenings for infants, children and adolescents that are included in the comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Evidence-informed preventive care and screening for women included in the comprehensive guidelines supported by HRSA (not otherwise addressed by the recommendations of the Task Force). HHS expects to issue these guidelines by August 2011.