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US panel urges mandatory health-insurance coverage for contraception

July 20, 2011

The Obama administration has indicated that it plans to follow the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine, which said that the new federal health-care law should be require coverage of contraceptives in health-insurance programs.

The Institute of Medicine said that all insurers should pay for contraceptives—which the report classified as “preventive health services”—and should not be allowed to charge any extra fees for that coverage.

The health-care law gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the authority to define the minimum requirements of health-insurance policies. Her decisions would be implemented when the health-care law takes effect in 2013.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jul. 21, 2011 12:51 AM ET USA

    I suppose I could order my allotment of free prophylactics and just use them as balloons.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 20, 2011 4:11 PM ET USA

    When my wife and I had our children, back in the benighted sixties, the OBs insisted that we have what they stupidly regarded as the right attitude: pregnancy is not a disease, nor is childbirth. The doctors are just there to be sure everything goes well. The Obama administration appears to have revised that, as iot has so many other things.