Thursday, May 15, 2014
Women Are Still Paying for Contraception, Despite Affordable Care Act's Contraception Rule
National Journal: Why Women Don't Think Their Birth Control Is Free, by Clara Ritger:
More than half of women are still paying for their contraception despite the Affordable Care Act's mandate, a new survey shows.
Obamacare made contraception free. So why do only 42 percent of sexually active women report having their birth control fully covered?
In part, it's because some women who report using birth control rely on male condoms—which are not covered under the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. The health law requires that new insurance policies cover all FDA-approved contraception prescribed for women without cost sharing, meaning that couples using male condoms still have to pay for them.
That's a significant number of women, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2013 Women's Health Survey, released Thursday. . . .