A major insurance industry trade group said Wednesday that it would allow birth control to be covered as part of the group’s coverage for birth control.
“Birth control is an essential health benefit for many women,” said the American Medical Association’s National Institute for Health Care Policy.
“We recognize that birth control is the first line of defense against unintended pregnancy, and that birth-control coverage is a key part of women’s preventive health care.”
The association’s statement comes a day after the Department of Health and Human Services announced that birth controls must be covered by employer-provided coverage, a move that the American Hospital Association and other health care providers have opposed.
The Obama administration announced the changes Tuesday, saying that the Affordable Care Act had not been fully implemented in every state.
The move to expand coverage to birth control could be a blow to the birth control industry, which has been lobbying hard for the changes to be made.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics have urged the administration to allow birth-supply coverage of birth control and pregnancy prevention.
The ACA expanded coverage for health insurance plans, so it was not clear how the ACA would affect birth control coverage.
A separate bill that was proposed last year by Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) would have required employers to offer birth control benefits for workers with religious objections.
But the measure was defeated in Congress, after many Democrats and Republican senators expressed concerns about its impact on religious organizations.
The American College for Reproductive Health, which represents birth control providers, said in a statement that it was “surprised and disappointed” that the administration “is forcing insurers to pay for birth-contraception coverage.
Birth control does not prevent pregnancy.
Birth control does nothing to prevent sexually transmitted infections or prevent pregnancy, nor does it make women more likely to get pregnant.
The birth control pill does not eliminate cervical cancer.
And it’s been shown time and time again that women who are using birth control have lower rates of cervical cancer and other cancers.
Birth-control pills are not just for women who want to have kids, but also for women of all ages and from all walks of life.
What this means for birth prevention is that birth contraceptives are going to have to be included in the plans, but they’re not going to be part of that plan,” said Sarah Kogut, a vice president at the group.
“There’s going to need to be a lot of communication, because insurers need to know that this is something they can offer.
It’s something that can be used, and it can be covered.”
The American Medical Associations’ position was similar to that of the American College’s statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.”
The American Academy has long advocated for the inclusion of birth-reassurance coverage in all health plans, and this latest move by the Department will allow those insurers to do so, but it will not be part, or be mandatory, of the plan they offer.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.