birth control coverage!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2008
birth control coverage!
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Wed, 08-03-2011 - 6:57am

it's about time!!!!

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Officials said the women's prevention package will be available Jan. 1, 2013, in most cases, resulting in a slight overall increase in premiums. Tens of millions of women are expected to benefit initially, a number that is likely to grow with time. At first, some plans may be exempt due to an arcane provision of the health care law known as the "grandfather" clause. But those plans could face pressure from their members to include the new coverage.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women's health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as prevention, with no copays.

Services ranging from breast pumps for new mothers to counseling on domestic violence were also included in the broad expansion of women's preventive care under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Since birth control is the most common drug prescribed to women, health plans should make sure it's readily available, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Not doing it would be like not covering flu shots," she said.

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:08pm
Great news indeed!
Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
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Registered: 05-28-2011
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 12:17pm

That's funny but sadly true. I believe that we as women have been shortchanged by the insurance companies for too long.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2008
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 3:42pm
Nice! Mine is $73 a month. I'm getting the mirena instead. Sadly $800 is cheaper than the pill.
I do find it "funny" that Viagra is universally covered, but the pill is not. B/c my grandpa having trouble in that dept is way more of a medical need than me being responsible and not having babies when I dont want
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Registered: 01-27-2006
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 3:36pm

It never made sense to me that BC pills (or whatever else) was not covered by health insurance (or most insurances). Having a baby costs so much more and is at least mostly covered, but pills aren't.

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