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Press Release 08-07-12: Planned Parenthood Celebrates Key Affordable Care Act Milestone for Women’s Preventive Care

Critical birth control and other preventive benefits for women going into effect

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Published: 08.07.12| Updated: 08.13.12

Wilmington, DE:  Planned Parenthood celebrates a critical early milestone for women’s preventive health under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Specifically, the birth control benefit that went into effect on August 1st will start making birth control available at no cost to women, providing essential preventive care and easing the strain on household budgets.

Women will see this benefit at varying times depending on their plans.  Specifically, the birth control benefit started last week for those on new private insurance plans and will continue to take effect for other plans over the coming months.

“As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand how critical the birth control benefit is for women and families, not just for their health but also for their pocketbooks,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  “We see the need for affordable health care every single day.  And for the one in five women who relies on Planned Parenthood at some point in her life, the preventive benefits that begin rolling out today will help ease the struggle of deciding whether to pay for birth control or pay for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car.”

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, Planned Parenthood of Delaware will stand alongside the 11,000 patients we serve in our health centers every year, continuing the fight for access to affordable, quality health care.

“Politics should never interfere with access to health care.  Americans aren’t interested in reopening fights over health care reform,” said Richards.  “Let’s be very clear:  expanding Medicaid is smart fiscal and health policy for states.  There is no good reason for states not to expand coverage for those who need it most and Planned Parenthood will be working across the country to ensure that, regardless of income, Americans will gain that access.”

The Affordable Care Act is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation.  As the benefits for women’s preventive care continue to roll out, millions of women will gain access to basic preventive care at no cost, including birth control, cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure.  Additionally, under the ACA, women will no longer have to pay more for health insurance than men and people can no longer be denied insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer, having a C-section, or being the victim of domestic violence.

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The mission of Planned Parenthood of Delaware is to ensure the right of all individuals to access the appropriate information and the services necessary to make and act on personal decisions related to their own reproduction, sexuality and health. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, gynecological services, abortion, cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, health education, and more. The agency serves all three counties, has operated in Delaware for 80 years, and serves 11,000 clients a year. For further information, check out www.ppdel.org.

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