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Free Birth Control Could be Just a Year and a Half Away
Last week, the Institute of
Medicine, a leading medical advisory panel, recommended that all insurers
be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptives for women free of charge—that is, no co-pays or deductibles required. This is part of a set of eight empowering
recommendations that also include free preventative services like screening for gestational diabetes and lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding
(for example, rentals of breast pumps that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars). You can read about all of the IOM's recommendations on the organization's website.
The next step is for the Department of Health and Human Services to review the IOM's report and make the final decision. Although the DHHS could act within the next few weeks, the earliest we'd see this affect our insurance plans (and our pocketbooks) would be January 2013.