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Panel recommends providing free birth control to women
An independent panel of doctors and health experts recommended that health plans cover a broad range of contraceptives for women without co-pays. The health reform law, which already requires many preventive services to be covered without co-pay, directed the Department of Health and Human Services to seek input from clinicians and other authorities about which additional services should be covered for women. The resulting report from the Institute of Medicine listed eight recommendations, urging coverage for "the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling."