Free Birth Control? Covering Prevention Services for Women
August 1, 2011
An expert panel for the Institute of Medicine recently released recommendations for improving womenâ€™s health.Â The Institute identified eight preventive services that could improve womenâ€™s lives and that health insurance plans should cover, including contraception, at no cost to the consumer.Â The committee also suggested that yearly well visits — as well as screenings for domestic violence, HIV, human papillomavirus, and gestational diabetes — be covered by health care plans. Â This hour, weâ€™ll look at the Institute of Medicine recommendations and the link between contraception coverage and womenâ€™s health.Â Weâ€™ll talk with ALINA SALGANICOFF, an Institute of Medicine committee member and Director of Womenâ€™s Health Policy for Kaiser Family Foundation, and DEBORAH NELSON, an associate public health professor at Temple University.Â Weâ€™ll also hear from DEIRDRE McQUADE with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops about the group’s opposition to universal birth control coverage.