Thursday, December 19, 2013

ACA: Contraceptives and Women's Health Policy - Kaiser Family Foundation

For some of us responsible use of artificial birth control is an important measure of personal responsibility.  Choosing to have a child enhances the child's health and welfare.  Others draw the line differently - they object to birth control, to Plan B post-intercourse birth control, and even condoms as interference with nature and God's plan.  That is their right.  
But under the Affordable Care Act  certain employers must provide health insurance coverage or pay penalties of $2,000/employee.  ACA compliant plans must include certain preventive services without co-payments or deductibles.  [Sec. 2713] Among these are breast cancer screenings and certain immunizations.   Relying on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Health and Human requires that an ACA plan include"[a]ll Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."

For accessible information on women's health policy issues under the ACA, check out the Kaiser Family Foundation's guide to Women's Health Policy.

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