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Birth-control health coverage jumps dramatically

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In 2004, 86 percent of employer health plans cover costs for birth-control choices, up from only 28 percent in 1993, says a new study published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The study says about one-third of the increase was directly tied to state mandates. So far, 21 states have passed legislation requiring health plans to cover contraceptives if they offer prescription drug benefits.

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