Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Health law may include birth control

A nonpartisan Institute of Medicine panel recommended Tuesday that contraception and a handful of other services related to women’s health be considered preventative and must be covered by insurance companies without charging co-payments. Screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and diabetes tests during pregnancy were among the non-binding suggestions sent to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“We are one step closer to saying goodbye to an era when simply being a woman is treated as a pre-existing condition,” Ms. Mikulski said. “We are saying hello to an era where decisions about preventative care and screenings are made by a woman and her doctor — not by an insurance company.”

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