Free health benefits for women take effect under health care law

Women who have health insurance no longer have to pay for breast cancer screenings, pap tests or birth control, as part of President Obama's health

WOODBURY - Women who have health insurance no longer have to pay for breast cancer screenings, pap tests or birth control, as part of President Obama's health care mandate takes effect today. The law provides health screenings, routine checkups and contraceptives, including the so-called morning-after pill, at no cost to women with health coverage. It also provides free mammograms, pelvic exams and prenatal care. Today's changes affect approximately 47 million women who have health benefits in the U.S.The Catholic Church has been very vocal about its opposition to providing free birth control. The health plan states that religious employers will not be required to provide for contraception coverage, but the insurance company will be required to do so.

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