Sebelius to answer health reform questions

July 31, 2012 at 8:08 PM

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will answer questions online about the Affordable Healthcare Act, officials said.

Sebelius and Annic Jobin, WebMD's director of news and partnerships, will answer questions live online Wednesday, federal officials said Tuesday.

The Affordable Care Act is making several additions for preventive care free -- requiring no co-payment or deductible -- for women, health officials said. For example, currently insured adult women will receive an annual well-woman preventive care visit to obtain recommended preventive services, and additional visits if women and their healthcare providers determine they are necessary, the White House said in a statement.

The visits will help women and their healthcare care providers determine what preventive services are appropriate and set up a plan to help women get the care they need to be healthy.

Healthcare services for women that will also require no co-payment or deductible are: gestational diabetes screening, breastfeeding support and supplies, contraception, domestic violence screening, high-risk human papillomavirus DNA testing every three years and annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections.

Sebelius and Jobin will answer questions live online at 1:30 p.m. EDT at www.healthcare.gov/live. The public can also submit questions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthcaregov or on Twitter using the hashtag #womenshealth.

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