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IOM REPORT ON WOMEN'S PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SERVICES
(House of Representatives - July 20, 2011)

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           IOM REPORT ON WOMEN'S PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SERVICES

  (Mrs. CAPPS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to applaud the work of the 
Institute of Medicine's Committee on Preventive Services for Women, who 
released their critically important final report yesterday. The IOM's 
recommendations are clear. Women need access to annual well-woman 
preventive visits, access to screening for domestic violence, 
gestational diabetes, and a full range of sexually transmitted 
diseases. They need to have increased breastfeeding support, and they 
need to have access to contraceptives, all without cost sharing.
  In these hard economic times, these recommendations underscore the 
imperative that women and their families should not have to choose 
between preventive care and paying their bills.
  The IOM was bold. It broke through the extreme politics surrounding 
women's health and, instead, relies on rigorous science to make its 
determinations. We must follow the IOM's lead and ensure all women have 
access to these services, no matter where they get their health care or 
how much they earn.

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