Good news yesterday for women’s health advocates in health care reform!
Yesterday a panel of medical experts from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that recommended insurance companies cover contraception methods and counseling in the same manner that men’s and some women’s preventive care is already covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
As the only national organization representing the reproductive health and justice of Latinas, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) applauds their conclusions and urges the Department of Health and Human Services to accept the panel’s recommendations.
Access to reproductive health services is a fundamental human right that should be guaranteed to all women in our community and is necessary for our individual and collective well-being. We understand preventive care is not just the provision of services in a doctor’s office. It is the proactive and intentional act of ensuring that our families can live full and complete lives. Contraception is a critical component of both public health initiatives and women’s health care, and for millions of Latinas, birth control, by definition, is prevention.
You can read the full statement from NLIRH here.