Full coverage of preventive services will drive up costs for employer-sponsored health coverage, according to professional services company Towers Watson.

Under new health reform law, health plans that exist on or after Sept. 23 will be required to cover preventive services without charging co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible.

Plans that existed on or before March 23 are considered "grandfathered" plans and are exempt from some new requirements. Many employer-provided health plans have promoted low-cost or no-cost preventive care for years, but the new law broadens the range of services covered and establishes a uniform standard for services grounded in the recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and other similar bodies.

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