Monday, August 1, 2011

Yet Another Place to Find Low-Cost Medical Help..and Good News on the Contraception Front

Some health bits and pieces have come out early this week that might be of use.  One is my discovery of an online directory of privately run free clinics.  Just put in your address and town, and they will give a list of free clinics within a 10, 25, or 100 mile distance.  This is in addition to the online listing of public health care clinics that receive funding from the federal government.  The public one is a bit better, because it describes the clinic's services better, while the free clinic directory just has addresses, contact information and directions.  But both or either can help you out in a pinch.

Some excellent news from the feds: the Department of Health and Human Services has announced guidelines for preventative women's health care that insurance companies will be required to provide to their clients without copay.  They include: contraceptives (yay!), breastfeeding support, HIV testing and counseling, and more.  This does not take effect right away--it becomes the rule for plans that start on or after August 1, 2012.  Also, there is an interim rule that would allow religious employers to not cover contraception if it violated their religious beliefs. 

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