New Women’s Preventive Services Requirement: Screening for Anxiety

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) adds a new preventive service recommendation related to screening for anxiety in adolescent and adult women


March 17, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently updated its Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines to include a new recommended preventive service:

"The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative recommends screening for anxiety in adolescent and adult women, including those who are pregnant or postpartum. Optimal screening intervals are unknown and clinical judgement should be used to determine screening frequency. Given the high prevalence of anxiety disorders, lack of recognition in clinical practice, and multiple problems associated with untreated anxiety, clinicians should consider screening women who have not been recently screened."


Non-grandfathered group health plans must cover this service, without cost-sharing, effective for plan years beginning on or after December 17, 2020 (January 1, 2021 for calendar year plans). The ACA requires that non-grandfathered group health plans cover, without cost-sharing, all preventive services in HRSA’s Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines.



The Business Group hosted a webinar on Tuesday March 17, 2020 during which we discussed this and other regulatory developments for group health plans. Members can access the slides and recording at our Events page.

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