Affordable care act provides free contraceptives to millions of women

Affordable care act provides free contraceptives to millions of women

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LA JOLLA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: This is a handout photo of a pack of Seasonale birth control pills. Seasonal, an extended cycle oral contraceptive, enables women to have just four periods a year. It is the first and only FDA approved extended cycle oral contraceptive and will be available by perscription to women at the end of October 2003. (Photo by Barr Laboratories/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

(WHAS11) -- Beginning Wednesday 47 million American women will have access to free birth control.

It's a part of the affordable care act that takes effect August 1. It requires insurance companies to provide women with FDA approved contraceptives at no cost.

Some insured women currently pay a co-pay or deductible.

Congress passed the health-care law more than two years ago but its being implemented in phases.
 

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