What will happen to birth control, insurance, abortion, and Planned Parenthood in the future?
You have questions. We have answers.
You may be wondering if you can still get your health care at Planned Parenthood. Our health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done: getting up in the morning; opening the health center doors; and providing expert, affordable health care to anyone who needs it.
Insured or uninsured, we’ve got you covered.
Here are answers to some of the questions we’re getting from concerned patients and supporters.
Q: Should I make all my doctor appointments ASAP?
A: It’s always a good idea to make the health care appointments you need and manage your preventive care. As always, be proactive about your health — and remember that right now little has changed regarding the health care law.
Q: Is my birth control still covered without paying a copay?
A: On Oct. 6, 2017, President Trump released new rules allowing employers to deny birth control coverage on the basis of religious or moral objections. Employers may choose to make accommodations for their employees so they can still be covered for birth control, but they are not required to do so. Most people continue to have coverage for birth control without a copay. To be certain, it is best to check with your health insurer.
Q: Should I get an IUD or implant now?
A: If you have a concern about your birth control or would like to change methods, we’re here to help. IUDs and implants are very popular because they are long-acting and reversible — but birth control is not “one size fits all.” Our women’s health experts can help you find the birth control method that is best for you.
Q: What’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?
A: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still in effect and will stay that way unless there’s a change in the law.
Q: Can I still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?
A: Yes! Open enrollment to purchase a health insurance plan for 2018 begins on November 1, 2017 on healthcare.gov. Open enrollment for 2018 runs through December 15, 2017.
Q: What’s going to happen to abortion? Can I still get an abortion?
A: Yes, Planned Parenthood provides safe and legal abortion services. And Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for everyone in our communities to have access to this important service when they need it.
Q: Do most Americans oppose Planned Parenthood and/or abortion rights?
A: Not at all. In fact, the majority of Americans support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and want abortion to stay safe and legal.
Q: What’s going to happen to Planned Parenthood?
A: There is uncertainty ahead of us as anti-women’s health legislators target us, but we will never stop fighting to protect access to the full range of care our patients depend on: affordable birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screening and abortion. We are over 100 years strong and won’t back down.
Q: I’m from a family of immigrants. Should I be worried?
A: Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everybody, regardless of their immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or income. You are welcome here. Our partner organization ACLU has great resources explaining your rights here.
Q: How can I get involved and help?
A: Here are some ways that you can show your support:
Donate! Our donations are a major part of what keeps our doors open. Anything helps. To donate, click here.
Sign up online to volunteer or intern with PPINK. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support. We are accepting online volunteer applications and developing more opportunities to support us; however, given the volume of new applicants, we ask for your patience as we respond to all inquiries.
Stay politically aware and active by getting involved with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky.