Crowley Applauds Decision to Include Contraception, Women’s Health Services as Preventive Care in Healthcare Law

Aug 1, 2011 Issues: Health Care

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), praised the guidelines issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that require insurers to cover family-planning services, including contraceptive methods, as preventive care under the Affordable Care Act. Today’s decision means that women will be able to secure contraception without a co-pay or other additional costs.

“One of the best things about the Affordable Care Act is the focus on keeping Americans healthy. Today’s decision to require insurers to cover preventative health services for women underscores this commitment.

“In addition to opening up access to affordable birth control, the new guidelines issued by HHS will ensure women can access preventative health services including yearly wellness visits, HIV and HPV screenings, breast-feeding support and other critical services. Birth control is a health basic for women and is shown to have significant health benefits. In addition keeping Americans healthy, preventative care also offers significant cost-savings to insurers. Today’s announcement is a true milestone in women’s healthcare and I applaud HHS.”

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. Crowley has long championed for women’s health, spearheading the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act to make contraception more affordable for college students and low-income women, and supporting Title X funding, which helps clinics provide high-quality and affordable preventative health services, including cancer screenings, immunizations, contraception, prenatal care and a range of women’s health services