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August 1st, 2011
11:32 AM ET

White House will require insurers to cover birth control, other contraceptives

Breaking this morning, we learned that the U.S. Department of Health will require health insurance plans to provide contraceptives - for free.

That means women won't have to pay any co-pays on various forms of birth control. It's part of a decision by the government that requires insurers to cover preventive health services.

Today, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains why the decision was made and what items will be covered.

Filed under: Birth control • Health care
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