We were all shocked and angered by the Supreme Court’s decision that certain corporations can decide which birth control methods are covered under employees’ health insurance plans — a decision that could put birth control out of reach for millions of women.
But there’s still hope: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been tasked with drafting new rules to carry out the decision. In other words, HHS has to figure out how women can access the contraception they need. Now, we’re working in partnership with Young Invincibles to make sure young people’s voices are heard.
Access to affordable contraception is key to financial security, health, and pursuing a career.
- Without insurance, birth control can be expensive, often costing up to $600 a year! 55% of young women have reported not being able to consistently use prescription birth control because of cost.
- 99% of all sexually active women use birth control at some point in their lives.
- 1.5 million use birth control exclusively to treat or control medical issues, such as abnormal menstrual pain and bleeding and endometriosis.
- Contraception is crucial because a woman’s ability to choose if and when to start a family often factors into deciding to attend college and pursue a career.
Tell Health and Human Services to get women the affordable contraception they need.
The Department of Health and Human Services should ensure that women can access the full range of recommended birth control methods from insurers, without a co-pay or other cost sharing, regardless of where they work or go to school.Tell them today! http://ow.ly/Cl83t