Daily Question – Should health insurance companies provide no-cost birth control for its members?

Kristina Sanborn

In August, Obama signed a new health care law that will require health insurance companies to offer oral contraception at no cost to their members starting January 2013.  Birth control, according to the Obama administration, should be added to the list of women’s preventative care, which includes well-woman examinations, screening for gestational diabetes, HIV, and HPV, breastfeeding equipment, and domestic violence screening and counseling.
What would be the long-term benefits of this regulation, or will it wound insurance companies so much they’ll have to increase premiums to recover costs from lost co-pays on birth control?