Today Amplify is joining the National Women’s Law Center and Planned Parenthood as a contributor to their Birth Control Blog Carnival. A number of wonderful organizations and writers are participating — you can find a compilation of all of the reflections and analyses on the NWLC’s blog.
As you’ve probably seen in the news, the Institute of Medicine, a non-partisan organization, recommended that birth control, HIV and STI counseling and screening, and domestic violence counseling and screening should be considered preventative care services, and thus be covered at no cost under people’s health insurance plans. If the Department of Health and Human Services accepts these recommendations, these services will be available without co-pays.
Earlier this year, in anticipation of the impending decision by the Department of Health and Human Services of whether or not these services would be covered under the Affordable Care Act, young people took action. They collected signatures, hosted events, conducted speak outs and recorded testimony in support of no-cost birth control. They advocated on behalf of themselves and their peers for their right to accessible sexual health services. In doing so, young people sent a clear signal that cost should not stand in their way to accessing the sexual and reproductive services they need to stay healthy.
The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations were a major step forward in securing access to no cost birth control and other sexual health services. Nevertheless, we still need your help to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services hears our voices. Sign the petition to show your support of no cost birth control.