.- Catholic attorney and writer Mary Hasson recently discussed a new federal mandate that employersâ health care plans must cover contraceptives and sterilizations.
In her column, Hasson writes:
âYay! Free sex!â
So read the Facebook status update posted by âCheri,â a 20-something, sexually active, single woman.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation that contraceptives and sterilization procedures should be covered by insurers as preventive careâwith no co-pay or costs to hip young women like Cheri.
Cheri must have lifted her glass in toast to the Department of Health and Human Services a few days later when, with uncharacteristic speed, they issued new regulations implementing the IOM recommendation. The new mandate (effective in 2012) compels insurers to cover costs associated with FDA-approved contraceptives and sterilization procedures (fittings, devices, pills, emergency contraception, office visits) and counselingâat no cost to patients.
Despite Cheriâs lusty visions of âfree,â sexual delight, the new regulations portend bad news for women â low-income women in particular â and for religious believers.
Hasson's column can be read at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/cw/post.php?id=574