The ACA and no co-pay birth control provision will benefit more than 1.2 million Massachusetts women
Media Relations Coordinator
Published: 03.22.13| Updated: 03.22.13
Media Relations Coordinator
BOSTON— Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) released the following statement in celebration of the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The Affordable Care Act includes a historic investment in prevention, including a key provision requiring health insurers to cover certain women’s preventive health care services, including birth control with no co-pays. Approximately 47 million women nationally and more than 1.2 million women in Massachusetts stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
“The Affordable Care Act is the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation and is already making a significant health and economic difference in the lives of women in Massachusetts who have access to birth control without co-pays for the first time,” said PPLM’s Chief Executive Officer Marty Walz. “Thanks to this landmark benefit, many women can now access a full-range of FDA-approved contraceptives, allowing them to select the method that best meets their health needs and encourages consistent use.
“Unfortunately, even three years later, some politicians and employers opposed to birth control are still fighting to keep affordable birth control out of the hands of many women. Women's preventive care — including birth control – is basic health care and your boss shouldn’t get to decide whether or not you are able to access such care without additional costs. It’s time our elected representatives across the country connect the dots and realize that we all benefit when women have access to sexual health care and affordable birth control,” said Walz.
Last month, Planned Parenthood Federation of America launched the “Birth Control: We All Benefit” campaign to remind Americans and their elected representatives that everyone benefits when women have access to affordable birth control. Millions of Americans stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, which went into effect in August in some plans and makes birth control available without co-pays or deductibles. Access to no co-pay birth control has significant health and economic benefits, with women spending up to $600 a year on birth control.
Every year, Planned Parenthood health centers in Massachusetts see more than 30,000 patients – 17,798 specifically for birth control information and services.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider in the state. For over 80 years PPLM has protected and promoted sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice through clinical services, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.pplm.org.