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Panel Pushes For Free Insurer Provided Contraceptives

From The New York Times:

Editorial Board–July 20, 2011

In an encouraging development for women’s health, an advisory panel of leading experts has recommended that all insurers be required to offer contraceptives as well as other preventive services free of charge under the new health care law. The Obama administration seems inclined to follow the advice, which is even better news.

The recommendation by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine was based on a review of medical data on women’s health services requested by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. The administration will use the report to help it identify services for women that all new health plans should cover without deductibles or co-payments. In addition to contraceptives, the panel’s proposed list includes sterilization procedures, annual preventive-care visits, counseling for domestic violence and testing for H.I.V. Continue reading