July 20, 2011
Health insurers should be required to fully cover, with no co-pays, eight additional prevention services for women under the federal health care law, says a new Institute of Medicine report. The IOM panel, tasked by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to recommend preventive services critical to women's health, focused especially on addressing the gap in reproductive care.
The recommended services include:
Obama administration officials said they are likely to accept the advice, which, if acted upon by Aug. 1, would take effect for many plans at the beginning of 2013.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Family Research Council and other conservative groups denounced the birth control recommendation. Many obstetricians, gynecologists and female Democrats in Congress hailed the proposal.
In creating the list, IOM considered whether a service is supported by high-quality, peer-reviewed studies and systematic reviews, and is identified as a federal priority; and whether it is supported by governmental, professional and reimbursement policies. A service had to affect a broad population; have a large potential impact on health and well-being; and be supported by strong evidence.
For the full list of recommendations, visit www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Clinical-Preventive-Services-for-Women-Closing-the-Gaps.aspx.
New York Times
07.20.2011; Robert Pear
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