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Panel: Drop Co-Pay for Women's Birth Control

Institute of Medicine Calls for Less Expensive Contraceptives for Insured Women

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The IOM report also provides guidance on ways to keep the preventive services covered by the 2010 law up to date and in line with emerging scientific knowledge and evidence-based standards.

One of the sixteen panelists, University of Illinois public health professor Anthony Lo Sasso, PhD, dissented.  He says the panel wasn't given enough time to make an informed decision and that the cost of their recommendations be taken into account.

But the committee was not asked to take cost into consideration, and the panel members who spoke to reporters would not speculate on the price that would be required should their recommendations be accepted. However, Rosenstock says, "If you are successful at prevention, then it is a very cost-effective tool."

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