NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming believes women should have choices about whether and when to become pregnant. Preventing unintended pregnancy is critically important.
Family planning information, services, and products are available many places. These include physicians’ and clinicians’ medical practices, family planning clinics, public health clinics, community health centers, and pharmacies.
Health care plans under the Affordable Care Act must cover women’s preventive health services, including birth control. However, on October 6, 2017, the Trump administration released two interim final rules related to the women’s preventive-services benefit under the Affordable Care Act, expanding the categories of employers that do not have to comply with the contraceptive-coverage benefit, which guarantees almost all women access to birth control without a copay. Under the new rules, nearly any employer can exempt itself from the contraceptive-coverage benefit by claiming to have a religious objection to contraception, and non-profit employers, privately held for-profit employers, and colleges are exempt if they have a moral objection to contraception. The rules took effect immediately, allowing objecting employers to start the process of dropping this coverage. As a result, women will begin to lose coverage as employers renew their insurance plans.
Additionally, some insurance companies are reportedly still making women pay for contraceptive services. The National Women’s Law Center has a hotline, CoverHer, to help women who are having trouble getting access to preventive health services–especially birth control–at no cost to them.