Feds Announce Free Birth Control Plan
August 1, 2011 by staff
Feds Announce Free Birth Control Plan, The federal Department of Health and Human Services was to announce the guidelines for historic women’s health on Monday that would require insurance companies to cover preventive services for women, including birth control, so it is free one.
The guidelines, according to new health care law, would force insurance companies to cover not only costs, but to eliminate co-payments and deductibles, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.
Birth control has been controversial in the U.S. from the time Margaret Sanger opened the first clinic in the country’s family planning in 1916 – and was immediately sent to jail for it.
While many have hailed contraception as the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies, others argue that abstinence education is the way to go.
In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the new guidelines, saying: “Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by all means technically possible.”
But advocates for women’s rights say that the benefits of birth control without going beyond preventing pregnancy.
“The number of children who determines how much we need to educate, how many should be used,” says Institute Senior Fellow Ellen Chesler Roosevelt. “The social and economic outcomes are critical of contraception.”
In “The Early Show” on Monday, Stephanie Cutter, an adviser to Obama’s principal deputy, said, “As a result of the Affordable Care Act, the law reform new health insurance companies have to provide care custody, without leaving out of pocket. There were never guidelines for healthy women to ensure that staying healthy throughout the course of their lives. Today, it is no longer the case. We have a set of preventive services Recommended for women.
The guidelines will take effect August 1, 2012.
“The private insurance companies,” Cutting said, “Have to provide services at no cost out of pocket. Many of the benefits we are announcing today are already part of the large private health care, employer plans, and that are part of the federal health benefits. Members of Congress have benefits. Now, they will be available to all women. ”
“There are things covered as a treatment for gestational diabetes to keep mothers and their children healthy and well-woman visits to treat women the unique aspects of their health needs and, of course, contraception.”
And, he noted, “It is not abstinence. This is not about preventing unwanted pregnancies. This is the health of women. There are no known benefits based on science, on the basis of the experts on the basis of independent studies of the Institute of medications that keep women healthy, if you reduce the cost of contraceptive services. This is the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved contraceptive service. Help with maintenance of healthy women, which helps to lower rates of low birth weight (babies), down (number of) premature birth and help women have children with chronic illness in a healthy way. “
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