The Department of Health and Human Services announced that they would accept the recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine to include a range of women’s health care services, including contraception.
This means that new health insurance plans must cover, without a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible, well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening and contraception in all plans. It’s a significant victory for Affordable Care Act advocates and a big step in ending the discrimination women face by insurance companies.
New health plans will need to be compliant with these recommendations by August 1, 2012.
Religious institutions that offer insurance to their employees will have the choice of whether or not they want to cover contraception services. This exception is similar to the accommodation these institutions have in most states that already force insurance companies to cover contraception.
Given that the last congressional session was spent almost exclusively trying to legislate women into permanent second-class citizenship, news like this is most definitely welcome. And it is a victory that Care2.com readers made possible. Thank you and congratulations!
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