DC Council votes to safeguard women's health coverage

The D.C. Council — the District of Columbia's local governing body — voted unanimously Tuesday to protect a rule in the ACA that requires payers to cover preventive women's health services at no additional cost, The Washington Post reported.

The rule is not written into the ACA, but could be changed through regulation or repeal, according to the report. The council chose to take action to preserve this coverage in the District in case regulations change.

The bill, the Defending Access to Women's Health Care Services Amendment Act, is a permanent version of a temporarily bill passed in April. To officially become law, it must pass another vote in January and pass congressional review, according to the report.

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