Free Birth Control Starting August 12th

Exciting news! According to an announcement made by Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, starting August 12, 2012 new guidelines will require health insurance plans to cover contraception.

No co-payment! No co-surance! No deductible!

The Affordable Care Act guidelines also cover the following benefits:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling (STI screening for high-risk populations are already covered under the Act);
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods
  • contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling;
  • and domestic violence screening and counseling.

For more details, check out the rest of the article from Glamour.com or this one from CNN.

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Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.