On August 1, 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius accepted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations that key preventive health services for women, including contraception, be covered by insurance without co-pays or deductibles.
According to Ellen Liu, program officer for health at the Ms. Foundation, this is an "enormous milestone in the women's reproductive health movement, which has long sought to remove the barrier of cost to family planning." In addition, she notes, "while birth control has received the greatest amount of attention, the IOM also recommended full coverage of other essential services including breastfeeding support, screening and counseling for HIV, domestic violence and gestational diabetes, and strengthened cervical cancer detection." She adds that this adoption advances the notion "that women's health care is basic health care, not something "extra" -- and therefore, subject to extra fees."
Institute of Medicine's (IOM) findings
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