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Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers
National Public Radio

Free means free. The Obama administration said Monday that health plans must offer free at least one option for every type of prescription birth control free of charge to consumers. The instructions clarify the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

“Today’s guidance seeks to eliminate any ambiguity,” the Health and Human Services Department said. “Insurers must cover without cost-sharing at least one form of contraception in each of the methods that the Food and Drug Administration has identified … including the ring, the patch and intrauterine devices.”