I thought this was a hoax when I first heard the news, but it is true: birth control is now fully covered by insurance.
As of August 1 (yesterday!): No. More. Copays.
As someone who has spent as much as $50 per month for contraceptive pills (and that’s with insurance coverage), this is a major victory for me and women everywhere. Aside from relieving our wallets, it has been proven that easy access to contraception has a direct effect on reducing a nation’s abortion rates.
Contraception isn’t the only thing covered under the Affordable Care Act. Also going copay-free are services such as gestational diabetes screening, HPV testing and domestic violence counseling, among other services.
Granted, religious institutions may opt-out of this plan, but it is still a giant leap in the right direction.