WHAT IT IS
- Birth control is any protection against pregnancy, ranging from condoms and daily pills to abstinence.
- Most health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cover about 18 methods of contraception.
- In the Obama administration’s second term, they issued a contraceptive mandate to cover birth control methods including abortion.
- This mandate affects all employers and insurance plans, including religious organizations providing healthcare to its employees.
WHY IT MATTERS
About 55 million women do not pay out-of-pocket costs for coverage with the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. Repealing this plan could cost women $1.4 billion more in birth control costs.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The Trump administration wants the Senate to repeal the ACA, but the GOP has failed to pass a replacement bill.
- President Trump has started to make changes to the mandate for those with religious or moral objection.
- The mandate has significantly lowered the cost of birth control, allowing more women access to long term contraceptive such as the IUD, originally costing upward of $1,000.
- About 62% of women aged 15-44 are currently using a contraceptive.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Should companies with religious affiliation be exempt from supplying this extra coverage?
- Is birth control a healthcare right or a healthcare luxury?
- Should President Trump take away everything or only part of the coverage he plans?