Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region celebrates a critical early milestone for women’s preventive health under the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the birth control benefit that begins going into effect tomorrow will start making birth control available at no cost to women, providing essential preventive care and easing the strain on household budgets.
“As the region’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 Jerry Lawson, interim CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. “We see the need for affordable health care every single day. The preventive benefits that will 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.”
Women will see this benefit at varying times depending on their insurance plans. Some insurers, such as Anthem, Humana, and United Health Care, are already providing the women’s preventive health benefit. Other insurers will include the benefit in new private insurance plans which will take effect over the coming months.
“The focus of the Affordable Care Act needs to be on making sure people have access to affordable, quality health care,” said Lawson. “Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region is already providing care with no out-of-pocket costs for certain insurance plans. We are also working to expand enrollment in Medicaid, which will save money for the state of Ohio.”
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.