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Capitol Health Call
January 10, 2017

Concerns About Women’s Health

JAMA. 2017;317(2):127. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18728

Roughly 61 million US women are aged 15 through 44 years, the range generally considered the childbearing years. With conservative Republican majorities in both houses of Congress and an incoming president and vice president who oppose abortion, Planned Parenthood, and mandatory public financing of birth control, the reproductive health of a large segment of the US population is seemingly up for grabs.

A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) defines birth control as preventive care and stipulates that it be fully covered by insurance. As a result, many US women currently receive free or partially subsidized birth control.

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