One of the enduringly controversial measures included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in the news again.

The National Women's Law Center reported this week that insurers are routinely ignoring PPACA's guarantee to women that they will have to pay little or nothing for birth control devices and products. In an analysis of 100 insurance plans and their policies in 15 states, the center said insurers are charging patients for basic birth control measures that the law specifically says should be free or low cost.

"Unfortunately, not every woman who should be getting coverage of her birth control without out-of-pocket costs has been able to access this important benefit," the report said.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.