Access to contraception without cost sharing is one of the many important gains for women in the Affordable Care Act. And it has become much more well-known in the last couple of months because of the kerfuffle on Capitol Hill and on talk radio. But here’s one of the in-the-weeds, wonky things about this provision of the law that has people in the reproductive rights community like me excited: the provision applies to emergency contraception. Section 2713 of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance coverage of the women’s preventive health services at zero cost sharing. The women’s preventive health services include “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods.” Emergency contraception is an FDA-approved contraceptive method. Thus, § 2713 of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance coverage of emergency contraception at zero cost sharing.
So the math nerd in me would rewrite the equation this way: BC – cost sharing = EC – cost sharing