Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Survey Shows that 71% of Voters Support Eliminating Co-Pays for Birth Control
RH Reality Check: Got Birth Control? Americans Overwhelmingly Support Eliminating Co-Pays for Contraception, by Jodi Jacobson:
A large majority of American voters believes that insurers should include birth control as a fully covered preventive health service, along with colonoscopies, annual health checkups, prenatal care and other forms of primary preventive care, according to a new survey. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that by 2014 all health care plans cover basic preventive services free of out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays. And Americans want birth control to be part of the package.
The survey of 1,147 voters, conducted by Hart Research and commissioned by Planned Parenthood Action Fund "found overwhelming and widespread public support for national policies that would provide prescription birth control approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost to all women with health insurance," said Planned Parenthood.
Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of voters agreed that the birth control pill and other forms of prescription contraceptive methods should be made available without co-pays. . . .