Eliminating out-of-pocket costs for birth control boosts use

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – Women whose insurance covered the entire cost of birth control were more likely to use prescription contraceptives and to choose more-effective long-term methods than women subject to copays, a new U.S. study found. The study confirmed what Dr. Aileen Gariepy told Reuters Health she and other gynecologists have long known: when insurance lifts the cost barrier, women will choose more expensive contraceptives with better odds of preventing pregnancy, such as intrauterine devices or IUDs. “This paper shows that the ACA is a win for women and their families,” Gariepy said.
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