Women's Health Fights Back: Institute of Medicine Says Birth Control Should Be Free
With Planned Parenthood and women's health under federal attack, finally, we have some support. Here is little hope that women's health funding is not a lost cause:According to The Hill, The Institute of Medicine will recommend to the Health and Human Services Department that insurers provide free coverage for contraceptives as a preventive care measure (you'd think that would be a no-brainer) under new health care reform. It gets better. Free birth control is just one of eight categories of women's health care IOM suggests should be available without a co-pay. "the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling" should be covered for "all women with reproductive capacity," the IOM said. It also recommends coverage for annual HIV tests for sexually active women, annual counseling on other sexually transmitted diseases, breast feeding support, and HPV testing for women older than thirty. The IOM also said screenings for domestic violence should be covered by insurance. Let's hope a recommendation by the IOM is enough to at least kick start a rational counter weight to stripping women's health services so that women's health will not become a luxury of the rich. Read the full IOM report here.