Insurance companies will pay for birth control in 2012

Published: Aug. 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 3:02 AM CST
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Starting August 1, 2012, that's one year from today, birth control will be free to millions of women. That's because the Government issued new guidelines today, which is requiring insurance companies to cover all FDA approved contraceptives for new plans, with no co-pay.

That includes the pill, IUD's, and the so-called "morning after pill," which is a prescription that works by blocking or delaying ovulation.

The government says being able to plan for a pregnancy not only fosters critical pre-natal care for the baby, but it's also crucial for the health of the mother.

Dr. Ted Anderson said, "Women who have rapid successive pregnancies, which is pregnancies within a year of their most previous delivery, are at increased risk for pre term delivery and other complications of pregnancy."

OB-GYN's add that "birth control" isn't just used for that reason, but contraceptives are often needed to control a variety of conditions from endometriosis to acne. However, the new guidelines will include a provision that allows religious institutions to opt out of the free birth control coverage.

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