New law expands health care coverage for women
Washington, DC, United States
August 2, 2011 03:19 pm EDT
Health, Healthcare Policy
Parts of President Barack Obama's 2010 "Affordable Care Act" went into effect on Monday, mandating expanded healthcare coverage for women. The law calls for new healthcare plans to cover female contraceptives as well as other preventative medicine.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, "women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services – is covered with no cost sharing for new health plans."
The expanded coverage guidelines, "developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will help ensure that women receive a comprehensive set of preventive services without having to pay a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible." This gives women access to birth control without co-pay.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, a liberal advocacy group that supports wider access to contraceptives, announced, "the end of copays for birth control is the biggest victory for women’s health in a generation!"
"The policy helps put access to birth control within women's financial reach. And it will allow a woman to choose the birth-control method that she and her doctor agree works best for her, whether that’s a pill, patch, IUD, or something else," NARAL added.
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