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Published: | Updated: 06.28.12

Women Will Have Access to Birth Control Without Co-Pays Starting in August, Saving Up To $600 a Year

St. Paul, MN — Today, in a major victory for women, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).

“Because of today’s ruling, millions of women will have access to birth control without a co-pay starting in August 2012 – protecting their health, saving them money, and giving them control over whether and when to start families. For women, birth control isn’t a political or social issue – it’s basic health care and an economic concern.”

“Planned Parenthood knows firsthand how important this law – and this decision – is for women and families, because we see the need for affordable health care every day. Women who come into our health centers often struggle to decide whether to pay for birth control or pay for textbooks, groceries, or gas for the car.”

“PPMNS’ 20 regional health centers have been serving patients with private insurance for decades, and we will be here for newly insured women who want quality health care from a provider they can trust.”

“While we’re glad the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the real credit for this breakthrough for women’s health belongs to those who passed it. The Affordable Care Act marks the biggest advance for women’s health in a generation, and we thank President Obama for this leadership on this issue. We also thank Minnesota congresspeople Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, and Tim Walz, who voted for the Affordable Care Act when it was facing unrelenting attacks in Congress.”

Today’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act that will have a profound and concrete impact on families in our region:

  • More than 150,000 women of reproductive age in our region will gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (116,563 women in Minnesota, 16,637 women in North Dakota, and 25,996 women in South Dakota.)
  • 32,189 young adults in Minnesota, 9,000 young adults in South Dakota, and 5,000 young adults in North Dakota gained insurance coverage as a result of the new health care law. Because of today’s decision, they will be able to keep that insurance coverage.
  • 54 million Americans (including 1,056,000 in Minnesota, 130,000 in North Dakota, and 151,000 in South Dakota) with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, representing a huge savings to families.
  • Starting in August, birth control will be treated like any other preventive prescription under the Affordable Care Act, and will be available without co-pays or deductibles.
  • Women are guaranteed direct access to OB/GYN providers without a referral, as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children.  Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000  women and men each year.


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