8/2/11 – update
Multiple news organizations are reporting that the Health and Human Services Department is adopting the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations, adding birth control, and a number of other childbirth-related services to the “preventive care” definition. Health care legislation now requires all preventive care to be provided at no cost to subscribers.
Newsy.com provides a short overview from various news sources:
The Institute of Medicine issued a report recommending that birth control be provided at no cost, as “preventive care” under the new federal health regulations.
Newsy.com provides a good summary of the issue from several news sources:
Two questions I have:
1. While generic birth control pills average about $35 per month, brand name prescriptions are more than double, at about $80. If we are truly committed to driving down the cost of health care delivery, incentives (such as requiring a copay for brand name) must be in place.
2. Isn’t there an even more compelling argument for free condoms? Adding in the prevention of STD’s along with unintended pregnancy seems both wise and in the spirit of the new law’s focus on preventive care.