AP: Battle brewing over free birth control in health overhaul
Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law.
That could start a shift toward more reliable — and expensive — forms of birth control that are gaining acceptance in other developed countries. But first, look for a fight over social mores.
A panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Barack Obama’s overhaul.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., author of the women’s health amendment, says the clear intent was to include family planning. But is birth control preventive medicine?
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