6 Things We Should Demand From Healthcare Coverage
Under ACA regulations, the majority of plans are required to cover all 18 forms of contraception approved by the FDA when prescribed by a doctor. If coverage goes away, women may be unable to afford methods like IUDs, which range from $500 to $1,000, and implants, which can cost up to $800. Even brand-name versions of the pill can run $600 or more a year without insurance. Contraception works only if women can obtain and use it consistently. Yet a 2010 Planned Parenthood survey found that one-third of female voters struggled to afford prescription birth control at some point in their lives.
Research has shown that birth control helps more women advance their education and participate in the workforce. Planned pregnancies also tend to have better health outcomes for mother and child. That means fewer bills for insurers to cover, which helps control everyone's premiums. It also means a healthier and happier existence for women—and we should consider that our right.
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