HHS to health insurers: Cover all approved contraception for free

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HHS to health insurers: Cover all approved contraception for free

Women’s health advocates cheered Monday after the Obama administration issued an unambiguous statement that said health insurers can’t impose cost-sharing for approved birth control methods.

“It’s extremely helpful because there really was a problem that needed fixing,” said Susan Wood, the director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University.

The business community also welcomed the clarification. Insurance companies said the guidance—which clarified other insurance issues such as testing for cancer—would help ensure their policies conform to Affordable Care Act standards.

Under the ACA, preventive services such as contraception and wellness visits have to be covered by health insurance companies for free. However, studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center last month found that many insurers were violating ACA policy by charging people co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs for contraceptive products and services.

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