Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have guaranteed employees of small businesses can keep their jobs if they take parental leave to bond with a new child.
A number of preventive services used by both men and women are now available at no cost to consumers.
The list of preventive services that insurers must cover without a co-pay could grow to include mammograms for younger women, testing that follows an irregular screening and birth control for men.
Doctors are concerned that requiring referrals to genetic counselors can deter women from going forward with testing for genetic mutations that cause breast cancer.
Already in place in California, the standardized insurance options will help consumers nationwide better compare Obamacare health plans.
Médicos y aseguradoras coinciden en que si la mujer tiene un historial familiar de cáncer de seno, debería hacerse un examen genético. En lo que no se ponen de acuerdo es en si deben tener asesoramiento especilizado previo.
Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance but if they come back positive, they may require a diagnostic colonoscopy and that may not be covered completely by insurance.
Consumer campaigns, hospital rules and some new state laws seek to increase awareness about the lethal disease.
Medicaid spends billions on unintended pregnancies, and federal officials say long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs are cost-effective and offer advantages for women.
Now that young people up to the age of 26 can stay on their family plan, it can be difficult for them to keep their medical information confidential.