Source: Six Rivers Planned Parenthood
Victory for health care in America
Letter to the Editortimes-standard.com/
Posted: 07/01/2012 01:56:34 AM PDT
The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is an enormous win for the American people. This decision ensures millions of people will have access to affordable health care.
At Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP) we understand how this law will have an unprecedented effect on women's health. The law guarantees women direct access to OB/GYN providers without referrals and ends discriminatory practices against women.
The court's ruling ensures that millions of women will have access to birth control without a co-pay -- giving them control over whether and when to start families. Birth control is basic health care and an economic concern for millions of women. Women can spend up to $600 a year on birth control, and through the ACA it will be fully covered. The money women will save on birth control each year is equal to five weeks of groceries for a family of four, nine tanks of gas, or one semester of college textbooks.
Planned Parenthood health centers across the country already provide basic health care to nearly three million patients every year. SRPP provides services to over 9,000 men, women, and teens in
Six Rivers 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.
Denise Vanden Bos
CEO, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood