On August 1, 2012, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), private insurance plans will begin to cover the cost of birth control — meaning millions of women will no longer have to pay the up to $600 a year that birth control can cost.
Most young women with insurance will soon be able to choose among
birth-control methods — oral contraception, injectables, the ring, IUDs,
and others. They will be able to select the method that best fits their
needs and lives, without cost standing in the way of their decision. You helped make birth control with no co-pay a reality. You
sent thousands of letters
and participated throughout the year in a campaign urging President
Obama and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius to stand firm and supporting them in the face of relentless
attacks from social conservatives. And you were heard!
With this new mandate, making women's preventative care affordable for
those with insurance, we are inching closer to the day when all
young women will be able to choose the type of contraception that is
right for them; when they can take full control of protecting their
health and planning for their futures.
Unfortunately, not everyone has coverage yet. Conscience clauses still
allow churches and other houses of worship to deny coverage to their
employees. And, nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do
not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan,
will have an additional year to prepare
(until August 1, 2013) to comply with the new law — meaning many
students at colleges and universities which claim a religious exemption
may not be covered until next year. And, last week, in Colorado a judge
granted an injunction allowing one business to deny its employees access to birth control while its lawsuit challenging the ACA is decided.
So we still have a long way to go to ensure all women have access
to affordable contraception and the full range of reproductive health
services. But today, thanks to your activism and commitment, private
insurance coverage begins to reflect the health care needs and
priorities of women. And that's something to celebrate.
Youth Activist Network Manager
Advocates for Youth
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