No More Co-Pay for Birth Control: Obama
New preventive health rules require insurers to cover cost
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2011 11:14 AM CDT
Insurers soon won't be able to ask patients for a co-pay for birth control, the administration says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Women can say goodbye to co-pays on birth control: Health insurance companies will soon have to cover the cost themselves, the Obama administration says. It’s part of expanded preventive care for women, including coverage of breast pumps, “well woman” physicals, and STD counseling, the AP reports. Insurance firms will likely raise premiums a small amount to handle the cost. Religious institutions may opt out of birth control coverage under the new rules, many of which won't take effect until Jan. 1, 2013.