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New Law Makes Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Mandatory

by , 08/02/11
filed under: Design for Health

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Starting next year, thanks to a new set of standards issued by the Obama Administration as part of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance providers will be required to cover all government-approved contraceptives without co-pay or other charges. The standards come after the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) directed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a study on women’s preventative health care. IOM found that birth control was almost universal and now almost all women with health insurance will have access to free birth control. The Obama Administration is pushing these new standards as a way to keep women healthy, keep health care costs down and to help prevent nearly 3 million unintended pregnancies — nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. Instead of us spouting off about how great it is that the government is taking women’s preventative health seriously, let’s hear what you have to say and take our poll below.

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  • 9 Votes I'm against it - the more babies the better!
  • 230 Votes This is a great idea - population control at its best.

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“These historic guidelines are based on science and existing (medical) literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Preventing unintended pregnancies helps keep our population manageable and ensures that families are ready to be parents before they pop out a kid. The new standards will help control the rates of teen mothers and abortions. The new regulations will also require health insurance companies to provide HIV — the virus that leads to AIDS — screening, DNA testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV), screening for gestational diabetes in pregnant women, annual preventative care visits for women as well as prenatal care and preconception care to make sure women are healthy before they become pregnant.

The IOM’s report stated that nearly 40% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion, and by providing contraceptives free of cost to women with health insurance they could help drastically lower that number. As part of the law, health care providers with religious affiliations are allowed to exempt themselves if these standards are against their organization’s beliefs.

Secretary Sebelius drove home the sensibility behind these new standards in a press conference about the issue. “Since birth control is the most common drug prescribed to women ages 18-44, insurance plans should cover it,” she said. “Not doing it would be like not covering flu shots, or any of the other basic preventive services that millions of other Americans count on every day.”

Via The New York Times

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4 Comments

  1. Annoy34 February 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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    aeman says:
    August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    For many, the choice to not use the birth control pill has nothing to do with money. As for the cost, hasn’t Wal-Mart had $9/mo prescriptions available for a while now?

    Just because walmart offers the pill for $9 does not mean everyone can take. I know I can not use generic brands, I have a horrible reaction and not all hormones have the same side effects for every person. My body for example has a bad reaction to the generic and walmart brand and I have to pay for the more expensive brands which are not affordable

  2. infognism August 8, 2011 at 5:19 am

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  3. lazyreader August 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Government sanctioned birth control. That’s a nasty combination. Are they gonna pick exactly what pill you can take and when. I see this addition to Obamacare as nothing more than a scheme to target low income or single women who are thought to sleep around. The idea is welfare wont have to pay for their kids. I have my own solution, Cut em off.

    Many nations in Western Europe today would have declining populations if it were not for international immigration. Many cultures often think of large families, seen as a source of additonal future labour and wealth. Growing female participation in the work force and greater numbers of women going into further education has led to many women delaying or deciding against having children, or to not have as many. I’m not trying to imply that it’s wrong for women to work or decide not to have children.

  4. caeman August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    For many, the choice to not use the birth control pill has nothing to do with money. As for the cost, hasn’t Wal-Mart had $9/mo prescriptions available for a while now?

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