20 Jul '11, 12am

Free birth control? We’re getting closer

Birth control is expensive, even for women who have health insurance. But the Obama administration may be about to fix that. The health-care bill enacted last year calls for "preventive" care to be covered fully by insurance plans -- no co-pays, no deductibles, just actually covered . Birth control is by any logical definition "preventive," but we all know that logic doesn't prevail in Washington, D.C. So the feds are going through some bureaucratic steps to determine whether contraception does indeed deserve the "preventive" label. First, the independent Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academies of Science, spent months studying the issue, and this week it released its findings: Yes, birth control fits the bill! Next, the Department of Health and Human Services will consider those findings and make the final call, expected by Aug. 1. Right now, co-pays for...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sex/2011-07-19-free-birth-control-we...

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