Birth control will be free of copays by 2013
Health insurers will have to provide birth control to women for free under policies that start next fall, according to new rules from the Obama administration.
The rules were developed by the Health and Human Services Department as part of heath care reform and include other preventive measures (here are all the guidelines). The well-respected Institute of Medicine had recommended the change recently.
Health Secretary Kalthleen Sebelius said all of the items included were preventive:
“The Affordable Care Act helps stop health problems before they start,” she said in a statement. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”
Here's a full story by Reuters.
Groups like Planned Parenthood support the change, citing estimates that half of all pregnancies are unplanned. But religious organizations oppose the move.
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