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Free Birth Control For Women in the US

Good news, ladies: beginning August 2012, health-insurance-provided birth control will be free for women in the US! This is thanks to new guidelines passed by the US Department of Health and Human Services that require health insurance plans to cover women's preventive services. In addition to the pill, health insurance will cover voluntary sterilization, HPV screenings, breastfeeding support, and STD counseling. While those in support of the decision point to stats like the $11 billion spent on unintended pregnancies to show how much the country will be saving, not everyone's happy with the news. A committee chairman with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says offering free birth control is treating pregnancy like a disease and "fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible."

This is a huge relief for many women, as currently the copays for birth control can range from manageable to outrageous depending on the brand and your insurance carrier. I'm wondering, how big of an effect will this have on you? Has the cost of contraception or the morning-after pill ever prevented you from purchasing it?

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snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
THIS. IS. AWESOME!!! i have had horrible side effects with the cheap stuff too, so i'm excited for the new options. side note, i just found out that my current insurance only covers one STD test every 3 years. WTH?
mixedpie mixedpie 6 years
This is great news! Fewer unintended pregnancies will lower costs in so many areas. I don't think it's pathologizing fertility, but rather, preventative care for unwanted pregnancies. Fewer abortions so the pro-lifers should be happy, less needed to be spent on welfare so the economic conservatives should be happy. Granted, the most I've ever had to pay for birth control is $15/month, and right now I just pay $2/month, but for a lot of people this is great news.
kkm989 kkm989 6 years
I just found out I'm allergic to the fillers in the generic and cheaper brands so my new one is $40 a month. I can't wait to not be paying that.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
*unwanted pregnancy
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
with respect to the Conference of Catholic Bishops, pregnancy is definitely the worst STD of all.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
This is great news. No, I've never found it too expensive to buy (mine is $15/month... not bad compared to what many women pay), but I do find it annoying that it's always the woman's expense. I've been paying $15/month for the past 6 years... that's $1,080.00. Even with a cheaper co-pay - it definitely adds up.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
I've never skipped out on buying my birth control, but the cost of it has forced me to scrimp in other areas.
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