Not Your Average Healthcare Update

This week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) made a very significant recommendation to mandate healthcare providers and insurance companies to provide birth control free of charge or co-pays. This, of course, has spurred much debate, but for those in health promotion this is “an encouraging development for women’s health”. By removing cost from the equation, barriers to accessing birth control will be significantly decreased for those who need it, but currently can not afford to pay the $10, $20 and sometimes $30 per month.

This recommendation is one of the first of its kind and, frankly, a step in the direction of framing birth control as a prevention tool for the general community.

Read the article in the New York Times, and see some of the debate on the Wall Street Journal blog.

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