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HHS Adopts Recommendations For Birth Control Coverage

HHS Adopts Recommendations For Birth Control Coverage

 

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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9:02PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Thank you.

9:01PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Thank you.

5:46PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Great news.

12:52PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Great news!

7:41AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

ty

2:12PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

YAY!

8:18AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:18AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:33AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

wear a condom

4:55AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

thanks

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