Birth Control Who Pays
Institutes of Medicine set to decide if preventive health care coverage should include birth control co-pays.
Women may soon pay nothing for their birth control.
That's the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine, a group that the government asked to look at the issue for the new health care law.
"We have people having to make those very hard choices between paying for things that they know that they definitely need and also not having the funds to cover other things they need access to contraception," says Planned Parenthood's Dr. Willie Parker.
Dr. Parker says that can often lead to unplanned pregnancies and women less likely to get prenatal care.
"We don't get a chance to detect the complications of pregnancy like premature birth," he warns.
The law already requires free preventive services like blood pressure checks, but the I.O.M. was asked to find what else women need.
Among their recommendations: Screening for gestational diabetes, HPV and HIV, and counseling on sexually transmitted diseases.
Some who take issue with contraception are against the recommendation.
"There are different groups of people who have either ethic or moral objections to contraception, and so those groups of people shouldn't be mandated to pay, through their insurance premiums," says the Family Research Council's Jeanne Monahan.
for contraceptives for other people."
It's an issue the two sides are unlikely to agree on as the Department of Health and Human Services makes it's final decision.
Screening and counseling for domestic violence are also recommended as a required preventive service.
A final decision is expected soon.