Birth Control Coverage

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.

  • NOT THEIR JOB – “Roll back the mandate!”

    • First Amendment:   Many objectors to the mandate claim providing contraceptive coverage goes against their religious beliefs.
    • Increased activity:   With more easy access to birth control, sexual activity has been on the rise, especially among young teenagers.
    • Ethics:   Several groups have sued the government over the mandate’s ethical issues, leading the Supreme Court to rule against the mandate in 2014.
  • CARE IS CARE – “Cover the cost!”

    • More than:   Many contraceptives do more than protect from pregnancy (i.e., hormone regulation), causing many to use for other health benefits.
    • Decreased pregnancy:   More access to birth control has caused less unintentional pregnancies since 2014.
    • Those who need it:   Birth control coverage is a small part of the ACA, and repealing the act will also remove this coverage for two-thirds of U.S. women.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

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?