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Health Care for Women – Preventive Care, Contraception, Maternity

Published on August 11, 2016

Now that you have Marketplace health insurance, you have more ways to take charge of your health.

Your Marketplace plan covers a long list of free preventive services for women — including mammograms, yearly well-woman doctor visits, and other screening tests. All plans also cover other health care for women, like pregnancy and childbirth.

Free preventive health care for women

  • With your Marketplace coverage, you have access to several preventive services — like annual well-woman visits and genetic testing for breast cancer, if you’re at risk. These services are free when you go to a provider in the plan’s network, even before you’ve met your .
  • See a full list of free preventive benefits for women that your Marketplace plan covers.


  • Marketplace plans must cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods — including birth control pills — as prescribed by a health care provider.
  • Find out more about birth control benefits in the Marketplace.

Pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding

  • Both maternity care and childbirth are covered by all Marketplace plans — even if you’re pregnant before your health coverage starts.
  • Most Marketplace plans provide breastfeeding equipment and counseling for pregnant and nursing women. Your health insurance plan will cover the cost of a breast pump — either a rental or one you’ll keep, depending on your plan’s rules and provider recommendations.
  • Get more information on pregnancy and breastfeeding health care for women.

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