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House Dems back recommendations on contraception

More than 80 House Democrats urged the Obama administration Wednesday to adopt an expert panel's recommendation to make birth control available without a co-pay.

The Institute of Medicine identified contraception as one of eight categories of women's health services that shouldn't require a co-pay. The healthcare reform law requires insurance plans to cover the full cost of certain preventive services.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to decide soon whether to adopt the IOM's recommendations.

"While women’s health is often politicized, the IOM’s recommendations break through politics and focus on the data," House Democrats wrote in a letter to Sebelius. "They were developed by an expert panel through an exhaustive review of scientific evidence and rigorous research. We encourage you to adopt each of their recommendations in full."