Women's health care: now without co-pays
August 1, 2011 8:37 AM Subscribe
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Effective January 1, 2013, United States insurers will now be required to make a variety of medical procedures and medications available without copay
as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Although the availability of prescribed birth control without copay is likely to have the widest effect, the plan also includes breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual well-woman examination, and testing for gestational diabetes and the virus that causes cervical cancer, as well as other services related to women's health.
The Institute of Medicine
, the health component of the National Academy of Science, released a report
on July 19 that recommended a variety of changes to current coverage of women's health care services by insurance plans. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius incorporated most of the Institute's recommendations in the requirements announced today.
The plan includes a provision that will allow religious institutions to opt out of birth control coverage. The Family Research Council opposes the new provisions
on grounds of religion and conscience, as well as abortion via mifepristone (Plan B).