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Medical News & Perspectives
September 14, 2011

US Requires Coverage for Contraceptives, Other Women’s Preventive Health Services

JAMA. 2011;306(10):1070-1071. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1239

Health insurance plans will be required to fully cover contraception, breastfeeding counseling and supplies, and counseling for domestic violence, among other preventive services by August 2012, under new rules enacted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in August. The agency did, however, include an exception for plans provided by religious institutions that object to contraception.