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CVS Refunding 11K Women for Improper Birth Control Copays; Target, Walgreens Face Complaints
After an inquiry by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), CVS Health announced that it will reimburse about 11,000 women who were improperly charged copayments for birth control, The Hill reports.

Senate Bill Aims To Ensure Emergency Contraception Access for Rape Survivors, Boost Education About EC
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday introduced a bill (S 2876) that would require all hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds to provide sexual assault survivors with accurate information about emergency contraception and offer them timely access to the drugs, regardless of their ability to pay, Time reports.

More Insurers Join ACA Marketplaces for Upcoming Open Enrollment
Insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) marketplaces is expected to increase by about 25% for the next open enrollment period, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

Conservatives' Over-the-Counter Birth Control Proposal Fails To Address Affordability, Washington Post Editorial Argues
Conservatives' proposal for "[o]ver-the-counter sales of birth control pills would be no panacea for religious dilemmas posed by Obamacare" and could increase women's out-of-pocket costs, but "[f]rom a purely medical perspective ... the case for over-the-counter sales is strong," a Washington Post editorial argues.

Blogs Discuss 'Personhood' Ballot Measure, Faith Community's Support for Repro Rights, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Care2 and more.

Women Need More Information on Prenatal Testing, Study Suggests
Pregnant women are more likely to decline certain prenatal tests when they have been well informed of the screenings' potential risks and benefits, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NPR's "Shots" reports.

'Proactive,' National Grassroots Strategy Needed To End Abortion Coverage Bans, URGE Director Argues
After nearly 40 years of fighting the Hyde Amendment and related abortion coverage restrictions "one by one, state by state," many reproductive-justice supporters are "ready to be proactive" to ensure every woman in the U.S. "can have coverage for a full range of pregnancy care, including abortion," Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity Executive Director Kierra Johnson writes in an opinion piece in the American Prospect.

Congress Extends Program To Facilitate DNA Analyses in Sexual Assault Cases
The Senate on Thursday approved by voice vote legislation (HR 4323) that would renew a program intended to help local governments reduce backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in sexual assault cases, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Insured Women Increasingly Pay Nothing Out of Pocket for Contraceptives, Guttmacher Survey Finds
Sixty-seven percent of U.S. women with private health coverage paid no out-of-pocket costs for oral contraceptives this spring, compared with 15% of women in fall 2012, before the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) contraceptive coverage benefits took effect, according to a new Guttmacher Institute study, the Seattle Times' "Healthcare Checkup" reports.

Blogs Discuss Telemedicine Abortion Ruling, Miscarriage Care, Helms Amendment, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, the Reproductive Health Access Project and more.