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Advisers urge free birth control in federal plan
Sacramento Bee

A leading medical advisory panel recommended Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the health care law.

Obama administration officials said they were inclined to accept the panel’s advice and that the new requirements could take effect for many plans at the beginning of 2013. The administration signaled its intentions in January when Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, unveiled a 10-year program to improve the nation’s health.

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