Department of Health and Human Services Adopts Institute of Medicine Recommendations in Full

31 Jul Department of Health and Human Services Adopts Institute of Medicine Recommendations in Full

In a move that could significantly improve access to contraceptives for millions of women, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Monday, August 1, 2011, announced that it is adopting in full the recommendations for women’s preventive health care the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued in July.

The services recommended by the IOM, including contraceptive counseling and provision of all methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, will be covered without out-of-pocket costs to patients by new private health plans written on or after August 1, 2012.

For more information, links to resources and facts and figures, go to the Guttmacher Institute’s News in Context notice.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and its rules to expand access to preventative health services for women.

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