August 9, 2012 - Say good-bye to paying a co-pay for the pill. As of August 1st, 47 million American women will have access to free contraceptives. That’s according to numbers provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. One part of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide FDA approved contraceptives at no cost. Previously, some insured women paid a co-pay or a deductible. It's just one of eight well-woman health benefits that insurance companies are now required to provide for free. Congress passed the law, also known as Obamacare, more than two years ago, but it is being implemented in phases. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the law in June. Now, Republicans are trying to get rid of the legislation through the only avenue left to them by repealing it.
Also, new research shows moderate exercise helps heart failure patients both mentally and physically. Researchers at Duke University looked at more than two thousand patients and found those who worked out 90 minutes a week were less likely to be depressed. The physical activity was also linked to fewer hospitalizations and deaths. Clinical depression may affect as many as 40 percent of the 5 million people in the United States with heart failure.