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Contraceptive Coverage in the Health Care Law: Frequently Asked Questions

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The health care law makes preventive care more accessible and affordable to millions of Americans. This is especially important to women, who — prior to the Affordable Care Act — were more likely than men to avoid needed health care because of cost. To help address these cost barriers and make sure all women have access to preventive health care, the health care law requires private insurance plans to cover a wide range of preventive services, including an annual well-woman visit, breastfeeding equipment and support, mammograms, pap-smears, smoking cessation, and contraceptives, without co-payments or other cost sharing requirements.

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