WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- Planned Parenthood says it wants to see insurance companies cover the cost of birth-control products at 100 percent under the new U.S. healthcare legislation.
Laurie Rubiner, vice president for public policy, said co-pays for birth-control medications can push them out of financial reach for younger and lower-income women, Politico reports.
Rubiner's group has begun a campaign to see that birth control is counted among the free preventive services that health insurers must offer under the legislation.
Congress has charged the Health Resources and Services Administration with drawing up guidelines on which services insurers must include.
"We see this as a tremendous opportunity to get no-cost birth control in the bill and ensure that his part of a woman's health is covered under preventative care," Rubiner said.
Many groups are at work on the issue.
One of them is the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which opposes including birth control among preventive services.