IOM advises full health coverage for birth control methods

07/19/2011 | CNN · New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday said insurance companies should offer women birth control methods without out-of-pocket costs or co-payments, as part of the mandatory full health coverage for preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. Other programs for women the IOM said should have full coverage include HIV screening, breast-feeding support and counseling, and gestational diabetes tests during pregnancy, according to the report. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who can make the decision on minimum benefits to be provided under the law, said the "report is historic" and "based on science and existing literature."

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