Affordable Care Act
Insurance coverage for contraception is essential for all women. As physicians, we have seen firsthand how it can change women’s lives–and how patients suffer when they don’t have access to affordable birth control.
Access to and regular use of contraception allows women to stay healthier by planning their pregnancies. Several contraceptives also have non-contraceptive health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of certain cancers and treating debilitating menstrual problems.
Physicians for Reproductive Health supported the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine to include contraception in the preventive health benefits for women under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Insurers are now required to cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives, well-woman visits, and other basic preventive health care.
Federal rules are now in effect that require private insurance plans to cover the full cost of preventive health services for women, including contraceptives, without co-pays or any other extra charges. Some institutions–both faith-based and private, secular businesses–are objecting to new federal rules requiring their employees’ health insurance policies to cover contraception. Allowing employers to refuse to offer this benefit is harmful to women and their families, and we believe all women deserve affordable birth control.
Learn how we are helping women get the care and insurance coverage they need.