The ACA requires insurance companies cover quite a few women’s health services at no additional cost beyond premiums. But two new studies found that insurance plans around the country are not providing many of these services including birth control. Today’s TBT post (which originally ran in February 2012) is a reminder of why birth control should be covered. For more information on the recent studies read this Kaiser Health News article.
This has been a tumultuous week for the politics surrounding women and their reproductive choices. We support women’s right to reproductive health care as an overall good practice for women’s health. Providing women access to birth control should not be a political issue, though it seems to be. Contraception has proven health benefits both for women and their children. Controlling the frequency of pregnancies can prevent a range of complications that can endanger a woman’s health, including gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and placental problems, among others. Also, women who wait for a period of time after delivery to conceive again lower the risk of adverse perinatal outcomes, including low birth weight, pre-term birth, and small-for-size gestational age. Contraception means healthier mothers and families. (more…)