Good news for those of us more concerned with reducing the number of abortions than in playing footsie with what a bunch of celibate old white dudes in robes think about our health care system.
(CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.The guidelines do provide an exemption for religious institutions that offer health insurance to their employees. But considering that 98% of sexually active Catholic women have used birth control, I suspect the dudes in the robes should spend more time worrying about the efficacy of their own teaching.
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the decision is a part of the Affordable Care Act's move to stop problems before they start.
"These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need," she said in a news release.
In July, the Institute of Medicine issued the results of a scientific review of
women's health needs and provided recommendations on specific preventive measures to help them. Today HHS approved those recommendations.