Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles

Still, reproductive rights groups argue that if women are paying for insurance, they shouldn’t have to pay more for over-the-counter birth control at the pharmacy.

“Fundamentally, birth control is health care, and so it should be covered by your insurance,” said Mara Gandal-Powers, director of birth control access and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center.