Narrator: This is Science Today. Health policy experts at the University of California, San Francisco, helped shape a historic blueprint to improve women's health care. Claire Brindis, director of UCSF's Institute for Health Policy Studies, says they submitted eight preventive services for women that health plans should cover with no-co-payment required. These recommendations, which include annual preventive care visits, screening for gestational diabetes, HIV and domestic violence, were accepted by the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary in a report from the Institute of Medicine.
Brindis: We were really pleased that the work is going to pay off. It's going to take careful monitoring that systems of care actually implement these recommendations and I anticipate that many women will be coming in and these recommendations will be implemented beginning in the year 2012. So that over the next several years, we hope to see some improvements in the overall health and well being of women.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.