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Miss USA Rima Fakih Thinks Health Insurers Should Subsidize Birth Control


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Beauty pageants and health insurance coverage don’t seem to have much to do with each other. However, the two intersected during Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant this weekend.

Rima Fakih is the first Arab-American Muslim to win the pageant. Miss Michigan is also a supporter of affordable health insurance coverage for contraception. She believes that birth control pills should be treated like any other medication. In fact, they are so expensive to many (partly due to the gynecologist or other doctor visit required to get a prescription) that they should largely be subsidized.

The majority of health insurance plans with prescription drug coverage require the same co-payment for birth control that they do for any other medication. It remains to be seen if the pill will be included in the minimum standards for coverage to be outlined in regulations requested by the healthcare reform bill.

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