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WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of health experts is calling on the government to require that insurance companies cover birth control for free as preventive care for women under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.

The law requires coverage with no copayments for a broad set of preventive services, from blood pressure checks to cancer screenings. Whether to include birth control as prevention for women was so sensitive that the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine was asked to weigh in.

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