Women May Soon Receive Free Birth Control Under Health Plans

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 9:26am

The Institute of Medicine recently recommended that birth control should be fully covered under health insurance plans. That means millions of women who struggle to pay for birth control every month may soon kiss those expensive co-pays good bye.


Most birth control methods are covered by insurance companies but its the expensive co-pay that costs a pretty penny. That may soon change.
Contraceptives and sterilization may soon be placed under the new Affordable Care Act which will mean no more out of pocket expenses for women.

Patricio Gonzalez, CEO of Planned Parenthood for Hidalgo and Starr county says thousands of women in the upper valley would benefit from the policy. He says, "Right now a co-pay could be a barrier for many women. With out a co-pay women can now access birth control and any of the methods that the FDA has approved.
Affordable birth control and annual exams,screening for HIV and pap tests and everything else."


Women aren't the only ones who will benefit from the coverage, the nation as a whole would save a lot of money.

Gonzalez says, "This a win-win for the country. For taxpayers it would reduce costs and for women it would keep them healthy."

The Institute of Medicine also recommends covering:
- Improved screenings for cervical cancer
- A  fuller range of contraceptive education
- Services and screening fro pregnant women...
- Counseling for victims of domestic violence..

The U.S. Department of Health and Human services says its reviewing the report very closely. The decision may come as early as August.

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