Capsules: Free Birth Control For Many, Courtesy Of HHS

Now on Capsules, KHN's News Blog, Jenny Gold reports: "With co-payments of $10 to $35 a month, birth control pills can add up to an expensive precaution for American women, even those with private insurance. But a new rule issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services makes those fees a worry of the past for many insured women. Under the health overhaul passed by Congress last year, private insurers will now be required to provide women with a whole range of preventive services, including birth control, without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible" (Gold, 8/1). Also on Capsules, Jordan Rau writes that Medicare has scaled back its rule on hospitals with pricey patients, and Mary Agnes Carey reports that provider groups are not happy with the debt-ceiling compromise. Check out the blog.

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