"With No Copay Or Out Of Pocket Cost"
gentlemen those who love them. Today, August 1st kicks off the day that birth control will be offered at no-cost through insurance plans.
"Starting today, new and renewing health insurance plans will be required to cover an array of women’s preventive health care services – including contraception, well-woman visits, and STI screening and counseling – with no copay or out of pocket cost," reports Alison Mondi, Director of Communications & Public Policy for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. "It is estimated that 47 million women will benefit from this provision of the Affordable Care Act, and millions of women across the country will now be able to access the form of birth control that works best for them."
Make it rain!
Americans lacking insurance or whose plans haven't been renewed yet will still be paying out of pocket (or getting pregnant). Free birth control for all won't be available until 2014, when the ACA is fully implemented and everyone has insurance.
But let's not break out the bubbly yet.
"Anti-choice politicians are determined to roll back no-cost birth control, despite the fact that 99% of women will use contraception at some point in their lives," said Mondi. "In fact, anti-choice Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced a bill, the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act of 2012 (H.R.6097), that would allow any employer to refuse to provide contraceptive coverage based on his personal beliefs. If this bill were to pass, it could jeopardize millions of women’s access to contraception, and put employers in charge of women’s health care decisions. If you support no-cost birth control, contact your member of Congress about this outrageous legislation and stand up for women’s health."