With constant debates in Washington concerning health insurance, preventive care, and birth control for women, a petition has begun to circulate calling for supporters to sign and have Secretary Sebelius to make birth control accessible through insurances, without additional costs. For families with multiple children or facing financial hardships, the importance of birth control can be important. Contraceptives allow families to plan pregnancies, or space time between pregnancies. A new report recommends that contraceptives, reproduction education, and sterilization should be covered under health insurance plans.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including the morning after pill, should be covered by health insurance plans, according to CNN Health.com. If the IOM recommendations are accepted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, then women will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs, co-pays, deductibles, for approved birth control or other sterilization methods.
CNN Health reports that a national survey indicated that 49% of pregnancies in 2001 were unplanned. This is almost 1/2 of the pregnancies from 10 years ago. Adolescent pregnancies accouunt for 80% of unplanned pregnancies, according to Teen Help. Planned Parenthood is supporting the committee’s recommendations and provides reproduction education and support. “Covering bith control without co-pays is one of the most important steps we can take to prevent unintended pregnancy and keep women and children healthy,” said Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
The public costs of births resulting from unplanned pregnancies was $289 million dollars in Arizona. The teen pregnancy rate has declined in Arizona, but more work is still necessary. Families can reach out to the AZ Department of Health Services for further information, as well as Planned Parenthood. ADHS administers the Abstinence Education Program and Comprehensive Education using lottery dollars and new federal funding authorized through the Affordable Care Act.
In order to view and sign the petition and protect access to birth control, supporters should visit Credo Action: more than a network, a movement
For more information regarding Planned Parenthood and their locations visit their site.
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