The Hoya  |  February 5, 2016

The Georgetown University Law Center O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Director Lawrence Gostin and Georgetown University Medical Center Associate Professor Kenneth Lin published a viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association criticizing the legislation.

“Essentially, Congress is requiring health insurers to ignore modern scientific assessments and instead use 14-year-old guidance,” Gostin and Lin wrote in their commentary. “By declining to acknowledge scientific progress, Congress may do more harm than good to women’s health. … When Congress required DHHS [Department of Health and Human Sciences] to link insurance coverage policy to outdated public health guidance, it was making a scientific judgment for which it is distinctly unqualified.”

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