Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement on the final rule issued today regarding preventive health services, including coverage of women's preventive health services. DeLauro is senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services.
"Women have to be able to make their own health care decisions, in private discussions with their doctors and families--including choices about family planning such as contraception--without interference from their boss. And I am encouraged that this rule, while exempting religious employers, enables women to do just that. As the rule is implemented, it is critical that women have access to this insurance coverage without additional barriers to care and services."
The Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance plans cover recommended preventive services with no out of pocket charges for patients. The final rule announced today clarifies the coverage of recommended preventive care services for women. Today also marks the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court voting to uphold the landmark law.