The controversy over whether or not the health care reform proposed by President Barack Obama, should cover contraception is something that has been on the table for several years in the nation. While the more liberal view that it should be mandatory, religious groups refuse to offer this service to women for “interfering with their faith.” Health reform requires insurers pay for contraception as part of the 10 essential benefits, which also include vaccines and cancer screening, among others.
This measure came into force on August 1, 2012, but still, this is the most controversial because since religious groups and some insurers are objecting to offer this service, but does not think so American society.
New research compiled by the University of Michigan and published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), concludes that seven in 10 Americans believe ” that it should be mandatory that women get low medical insurance. “
Hispanics, blacks, women and parents with children under 18 years are those that are more in line with the coverage of these drugs to prevent unwanted pregnancies, the study adds. The report is called: Attitudes About Mandated Coverage of Birth Control Medication and Other Health Benefits in a U.S. National Sample (Attitude about mandatory coverage of contraception and health benefits in the U.S., for its Spanish translation).
“Although there is a national debate right now about the requirements to be met by the contraception coverage in U.S. private insurance, our study found that nearly 70 % of the Americans support that it should be mandatory,” said Michelle Moniz, lead author of the same.
The investigation showed that most citizens support the policy should provide coverage for mammograms, screening for diabetes, cholesterol levels, mental health and dentistry. Only 10% of respondents supported the latter services, but denied contraceptive coverage, the report further states. “Most were men, aged 60 and living without children at home,” he adds. The sample included more than 3,000 people from 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
The issue of coverage for contraception is being challanged in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the nine judges will decide on this matter this coming June. The case is an appeal process, proposed by two state insurers to pay for some types of contraceptives goes against their religious beliefs.