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Controversial rule forces insurance plans to provide preventive benefits without co-pay

Posted on: 7:00 am, August 1, 2012, by , updated on: 06:55am, August 1, 2012

Beginning Wednesday, a controversial rule in the healthcare reform law will kick in, granting free contraceptives for women.

Health insurance plans will now provide an array of preventive care benefits to women without co-pays.

The benefits include contraceptives, breast-feeding supplies and screenings for gestational diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, as well as routine breast and pelvic exams.

Religious employers around the country are suing to opt out of providing contraceptives.