Most Americans support mandated birth control coverage

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:03 am

Nearly seven out of 10 Americans support mandated coverage of birth control medication, according to a national survey by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System.

People from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were surveyed about health services including mammograms, colonoscopies, dental care, mental health services, screening tests for diabetes and cholesterol, vaccines, and birth control medications.

Women, blacks, Hispanics, parents with children under 18 at home, and adults with insurance were more likely to support the coverage.

“There is an ongoing national debate about contraceptive coverage requirements in private health plans in the U.S.,” lead author Michelle Moniz, M.D., an OB/GYN and researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School, was quoted as saying. “Our study found that 69 percent of U.S. adults support requiring coverage of birth control in health plans [and] this indicates the majority view in the United States is that coverage for contraceptives should be required.”

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