New rules mandate free birth control
Women with health insurance will get access to a range of preventive care without a co-pay under new health care reform guidelines.
Under the guidelines, new health insurance plans will be required to cover women's preventive services -- including annual visits to the gynecologist, breast-feeding support, sexually transmitted infection counseling and domestic violence screening -- without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible. Post continues after video.
Additionally, the guidelines state that contraception and screening for gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus and HIV must be issued to patients free of charge. DNA testing for women 30 and over will also be covered under the new guidelines.
Insurance companies must include these services without cost sharing beginning on or after Aug. 1, 2012.
The guidelines are based on recommendations made by the independent Institute of Medicine, which was commissioned by the HHS to provide recommendations for specific preventive measures that meet women's unique health care needs.
Earlier this year, HHS released similar rules under the Affordable Care Act requiring that all new private health plans cover several other evidence-based preventive services such as mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure checks and childhood immunizations without charging a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance. According to HHS, the Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free to those on Medicare.
"The Affordable Care Act helps stop health problems before they start," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a written statement. "These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need."
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I cannot figure out why men get so up in arms about anything that involves female sexuality. Every time I see an article about either abortion or birth control I see the same comments about "responsibility" constantly. Always referring to women of course. Here's a news flash boys....women like sex too. It's not against the law for us to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage. If that sticks in your craw...well...I don't know what to tell you. But I'll say this...you'll be happy that girl is receiving free birth control when you don't want to wear a condom because "it doesn't feel the same". I'll be so happy when there is a birth control pill for men!! You have no idea what it's like to constantly have to bear the responsibility not only for ourselves...but you boys as well...cause you just can't control your natural urges. Whereas we're supposed to be the good girl gatekeepers when you come banging on our door. Get over yourselves. Oh, and you're already paying for free birth control for some women. Our brave women in the U.S. Military (I was in the Navy...so ya'll paid for mine for 9 yrs. Thanks!). I know that I've thrown quite a few generalizations in this...but I'm also old enough to know that the ugly double standard about sex is still alive and well out there in the real world.
OK!! for all you men who really dont know a thing bout birth control, most of women take it because of health issues, not because they want to go get their freak on and not have the worries of possibly getting knocked up. I have really bad ovarian cyst, and for you guys who dont know how bad they really do hurt, have a buddy kick ya where it counts. that should suffice. i've been dealing with this since i was 13! which is 12 long painful years for me. the ONLY salvation i have is my birth control that supresses the cyst from becoming to large and rupturing, which will then send you to the E.R. for emergency surgery so you dont die from blood poisoning. that happened to me when i was 13. but even if i wanted to have children, i cant because im infertal now but i still have to take it daily. for most women, its not a sex thing, its a health issue that can have deathly consequences.
Don't judge all people on state assistance. We are not all the same. Some of us are honestly trying to be better, go to school, work, support and raise our child(ren). Many of us are doing it alone because of deadbeat dads. If the "father" isn't going to support the child, and the mother can't do it all on her own - why look down on her for getting help?
I think free birth control is an awesome idea - and I'm pro-life, and Catholic. If you want to talk about something that needs to be mandatory for people on state assistance, rat fink, then let's being up the topic of drug tests. This will eliminate the people who are using the system, and leave us single mothers trying to make a better life for their children.
First off, people please read this bill before yelling about giving to "LOW INCOME" people. This bill is for people WITH health insurance. As for low income people, there has been
"free" birth control out there for a long time. You can go to any health department and get pills, rubbers, foam, etc. for no cost. This won't help with a lot of health related problems for the poor though. We have to many kids having kids in this country. Don't put down people that need help. Remember the words:But for the Grace of God, there go I. Other words, any of us could be poor, we can't all have hug paying jobs. Most people in the country work 5 or 6 days a week for minium wage, sometimes two jobs, just to support the high cost of rent, groceries, etc. STOP BLAMING EVERYTHING ON THE POOR.
What would you rather pay for? Birth control or 18 years of a child's life(free health care, free school lunch, free child care, WIC, food stamps, cash aid, blah, blah, blah).
There is another side of this too and that is getting people to take advantage of preventative measures. Men are the worst at this. I know, I hate to sit for a minute in a doctors office. As much as I believe in prevention, whenever I have an odd ache or pain, my thought process goes to "It's not that bad. It will go away soon, no reason to waste time at the doctor's office." I also tend to put off physicals because I am in the well over 40 group that gets some "added" attention that I absolutely hate.
Bottom line, insurance companies have to support more preventative medicine and the rest of us really need to take advantage of those preventative measures.
And besides.. people get birth control for free all the time, even now. No use being flustered over something that's already happening. What you CAN'T get for free is a pap smear that could possibly save a woman's life (to my knowledge).
Somewhere soon an attorney will win a paternity case for a man based on the fact that women now have the right to free contraceptives and the woman in question didn't use them.
This isnt "free"....it ADDS COSTS TO ALL HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS whether you take part in this "freebie" program or not..... WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR YOU TO HAVE SEX ? OR YOUR BREAST PUMP? THAT IS BS !!!!!
PAY FOR YOUR OWN !!!! GET A JOB !!!! NOONE IS PAYING FOR MY HEALTH CARE......when I didnt have it ...I DID WITHOUT IT ....SO CAN YOU !!!! This idea of people WANTING TO LIVE OFF SOMEONE ELSE needs to STOP .....
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SELVES PEOPLE !!!! Your health care and your procreation is NOT someone ELSE'S "problem".....ITS YOURS !
This is a tiny victory. Now for the remaining poor women who are being forced to pay $250 to get started on birth control pills, more must be done to keep more children from being born into a $550 TANF per family + food stamps + medicaid + illegal activity lifestyle. What an embarassment for the richest country in the world to leave women and children in this situation for five years only when the responsible male party walked away. For shame! Then to leave the woman looking for a boyfriend to help pay the bills and being offered no birth control to avoid more children is absolutely idiocy.
Another baby step is needed to give women a victory here -- mandate free birth control for all.
Actually, I'd rather the government cut ALL of those programs down to the absolute bare minimum, so welfare is no longer an incentive to make babies in the first place... The government needs to worry about governing the country, not sex by consenting adults...
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