Free Birth Control Rule Kicks In Today
Health plans must now cover women's preventative care
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2012 7:06 AM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2012 7:57 AM CDT
Birth control is about to be a lot easier to get.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Good news, ladies: Starting today, most insurance plans must cover a range of women's preventative health services, including domestic violence screenings, "well woman visits," and, most controversially, no-cost birth control. Don't run to your gynecologist right away though—the rules will apply to all new plans, but only kick in for existing plans when they're renewed, NPR reports. Kathleen Sebelius praised the new rules yesterday on Capitol Hill, saying that before ObamaCare passed, many plans didn't cover basic women's health services.

"Surveys showed that more than half the women in this country delayed or avoided preventative care because of its cost," Sebelius said. But the birth control rule hasn't gone over well with some religious conservatives. The administration has already given church-affiliated employers a one-year exemption, but now some private business owners are suing, saying they shouldn't have to pay for health benefits they disagree with, either. A federal judge has already given one employer permission to dodge the new rules.

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Aug 2, 2012 7:25 AM CDT
"many plans didn't cover basic women's health services." As well they should not have, just as they should not cover basic men's health services. The "free lunch" crowd simply does not understand basic economics. When your money flows through either the government or an insurance company for services your cost goes up to cover the government's costs or the insurance company's costs and profit. Health care would be CHEAPER if only higher cost services were covered by insurance. You don't insure your car for oil changes and you do not insure your house for window washing. Same principle. Obamacare will increase health care costs for everyone except those provided a free lunch.
Aug 1, 2012 1:46 PM CDT
to bad they missed obambams mom!
Aug 1, 2012 12:38 PM CDT
You do realize, don't you, that this isn't any more "free" than any of the rest of your care? You PAY your premium ... and for your premium you get access ... Even if there's no "co-pay" for these services ... you paid for them with your premium. Let's not lose sight of that.