Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) issues this statement in support of the Obama Administration's new guidelines for women's healthcare:
"The new guidelines issued for coverage of women's preventive and reproductive health care show once again the far-reaching wisdom of the Obama Administration as it continues to roll out provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Requiring health insurers to cover birth control with no co-pays, provide preventive care for cervical cancer, "well-woman' screening and counseling on domestic violence, among numerous reproductive health services, is a necessary and long overdue step.
"The scientific and medical evidence is clear-cut. The Department of Health and Human Services is to be commended on these common-sense guidelines, and I would urge HHS, as follow-up, to guarantee access to family planning care for all women, no exceptions.
"Expecting insurers to support women's preventive healthcare, including birth control, is one of the great and little recognized life-saving provisions of the Affordable Care Act. As a leader in the passage of this visionary healthcare reform -- and as the father of three daughters -- I understand the imperative for improving comprehensive reproductive health options for women of this and future generations."