Birth Control: Another Potential Casualty of the Shutdown
Here’s what you need to know.
- What the Affordable Care Act Does
The Affordable Care Act gives you free access to preventative care, including birth control. The law requires plans to cover all FDA-approved birth control methods without co-pays. This means your boss can no longer deny you coverage for birth control in addition to other preventive services, including breastfeeding help, domestic violence counseling, and screening for HIV and cancer. The ACA also gives you access to maternity care, because currently only 12% of health care plans cover maternity care. Finally, the ACA will outlaw the common practice of charging women more than men for individual coverage. To learn more about Obamacare or to sign up, go here.
- Why the Government Shutdown Hurts Women
The shutdown hurts thousands of people and the American economy, but hits women and children especially hard. WIC, the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will stop receiving funding. States can probably shelter families for a few days, but if the shutdown lasts longer, women and children will be left scrambling to fill in the gap. 53 percent of infants in the US rely on WIC to have enough to eat. Learn more about the way that the shutdown hurts women and children here, here, and here.
- What You Can Do to Help
Contact New York State Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and tell them “Thank you and good job for supporting the Affordable Care Act.” Look up your congressional Representative here and tell them to support the ACA and help end the shutdown.
Then, get 5 friends to call their Senators. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter with #IHeartMyBC #ACA!
Learn More: ObamaCare and Your Birth Control