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article imageNew act requires insurers to cover birth control

By Renee Wilson     Aug 1, 2011 in Health
Under new federal guidelines made on Monday insurers will be required to provide women with birth control without a co-pay, making it virtually free.
These new guidelines are a part of Obama's health care reform passed in March and have been named the Affordable Care Act, beginning August 1, 2012.
Some say that by making birth control and other contraceptions more easily available to women will cause more issues, "It's just going to increase the activity and the ramifications from it because it won't protect the girls from venereal diseases. Pregnancies will still happen and then I guess the taxpayers are supposed to then pay for the abortions," said Judy Vatterott, from the non-profit pro-life group Foundation for Life.
Others disagree and say it's a huge step towards keeping women and children healthy and preventing unintended pregnancies. It's said that birth control can not only be used as a contraceptive but also to make women healthier by giving them more time in between pregnancies. It has been shown in research that waiting around two years in between pregnancies can lower the chance for complications like autism, low birth weight, and prematurity.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated, "These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need."
Accompanying birth control, this act will eliminate co-pays for HPV testing as a screen for cervical cancer, the morning-after pill, counseling for sexually transmitted infections, breastfeeding support, HIV screening, and screening for gestational diabetes.
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