Free Birth Control Coverage Beginning 2013

Posted on August 23, 2011

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Beginning January 1, 2013, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will require health care providers to cover co-pays for birth control and other measures of preventative care for women.

Along with birth control, co-pays for breast pumps for nursing mothers, annual “well-women” physicals, screenings for viruses that cause cervical cancer and diabetes during pregnancy, counseling sessions on domestic violence, will be covered as well.

Medicaid will continue to cover contraceptives.

In an effort to lower the rate of unintended pregnancies, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius followed the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine and required health plans to cover preventive services.

The requirement applies to all forms of FDA-approved contraceptives which include the pill, intrauterine devices, the morning after pill (Plan B), and long-acting hormonal contraceptives.

Although effective in 2013, health care providers can choose to begin covering birth control earlier.

In order to find out how these new laws affect you and your health care, its best to contact your health care provider, or visit this Dept. of Health and Human Services website.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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