08/05/2011 05:46 pm ET | Updated Oct 05, 2011

Birth Control, No Co-Pays: Why Hysteria?

This week the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurers will be required to cover preventive care without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. The new guidelines, which expand on preventive care already covered under the Affordable Care Act, comprise a range of services for women. These include screening for gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, HIV screening, breast-feeding supplies and support, and domestic violence counseling -- but most attention has narrowly focused on the controversial addition of contraceptives.