Yes to Birth Control. No to Co-Pays.
|Tell your Members of Congress you support women’s access to preventive health services without co-pays or deductibles.|
Women’s lives are about to get a little easier (and less expensive). Thanks to the health care law, today a provision goes into effect requiring birth control and other preventive services that women need be covered without a co-payment or a deductible! Over time, as an increasing number of new plans come under the law’s reach, more women could have access to these services with no extra cost.
The preventive health services included in new plans are: well-woman visits, breastfeeding assistance and supplies, domestic violence counseling, screening for gestational diabetes, testing for high-risk strains of HPV, screening for sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and all FDA-approved methods of contraception.
With studies showing that over fifty percent of women have skipped or delayed preventive care due to costs, these benefits are a significant step forward for women’s health. Because some preventive benefits are already in place, such as prenatal screenings and mammograms, over 20 million women have already received at least one preventive health care service without having to make a co-payment or pay additional costs. With these new provisions rolling out for plan years beginning on or after August 1, women will have even greater ability to protect their health.
We’ve worked so hard to make these preventive services more affordable and accessible for all women. And we’ve come a long way — don’t let them take us backwards. Remind your Members of Congress of the importance of women’s access to preventive services without co-pays or deductibles.
Thanks for all you do. Check out our latest fact sheet to learn more about women’s preventative services in the health care law.