Breaking: health insurance plans required to offer no co-pay birth control


According to CNN:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women’s preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the decision is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s move to stop problems before they start. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” she said in a news release.

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  • fyoumudflaps

    Good news. Plus that graphic is cuteness.

  • http://feministing.com/members/docerotiq/ Joshua Stackhouse

    Awesome! It’s well past time that the DoH stepped in and did this. Authors such as Steven D. Levitt of Freakonomics and his theory of unwanted births leading a generation later to a spike in crime show this is a smart move on behalf of the government.

    Further, it’s about time we gave women more support in controlling their bodies. Nobody has a right to tell a woman how to use her bodies reproductive system, and we certainly shouldn’t allow legislation and business practices that would discourage women to take control of themselves.

    Kudos to you Dept. of Health!

  • http://feministing.com/members/tudorgeek/ Jasmine

    This is awesome news for women. If I go back on the pill after I give birth it’s nice to know I’ll have 20-30 extra bucks a month :)

  • http://feministing.com/members/thenothingsong/ Trish

    So glad to hear it! I too am a fan of that graphic.