Does Contraception Count as Prevention?

February 21, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Dozens crowded into the National Academies building in a snow-blanketed Washington last Wednesday morning to attend a meeting of the committee charged with making recommendations as to whether birth control and other women’s health services will be considered preventive healthcare-and thus available without a co-pay to enrollees in health insurance plans, including those offered through the Affordable Care Act. Among committee members-respected physicians and public health experts appointed by the Institute of Medicine-there seems to be little doubt about the preventive benefits of contraception, which is used by more than 38 million American women to avert countless unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

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