no cost birth control

I fucking hate my parents saying shit about my sister ike “she’s an idiot she has no clue about birth control or how much things cost or how to be responsible” and you know…. you’re her parents, you’re supposed to teach her that stuff not just expect her to know and bitch about how stupid she is for not knowing something you didn’t teach her

3 ways repealing Obamacare affects millennial health care

What will replace Obamacare?

  • The Urban Institute released a study showing that if parts of the ACA are pulled apart — as was proposed in the vetoed January 2016 bill — without a replacement, nearly 30 million Americans will become uninsured, including 4.4 million children.
  • Republicans are now floating replacement plans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” plan and a proposal devised by Trump’s pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Republican Senator Tom Price.
  • Price’s approach is to replace insurance exchanges and individual mandates with tax credits based on age to help people buy insurance themselves. 
  • The government could give grants to states to establish pools for those with high health care costs who cannot find insurance on their own.

Women’s birth control may no longer be covered.

  • Mandating that insurance companies pay for female contraceptives was a hornets’ nest of contention during the design of the ACA.
  •  The issue brought the eventual law before the Supreme Court, which, hampered by a vacant seat, sent the case back to a lower court.
  • Under the ACA, 18 types of federally approved birth control must be covered by health insurance plans offered in the exchange — with no copay and no out-of-pocket expenses.
  • While insurers, under the ACA, are required to cover a type of each of the 18 kinds of contraception for free, they are still allowed to charge women for name brand or more expensive versions.
  • Removing the provision could result in a shift back to private providers for contraceptive care.

Women’s costs may be higher.

  • Women may pay more for the same health insurance if the ACA is repealed. 
  • The ACA issued a final ruling in May highlighting its regulations that prohibit the discrimination of coverage based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
  • These protections have been in place for many years, but for women the ACA has made a big difference. 
  • Prior to the ACA, women were routinely charged up to 50% more for the same health coverage — and for some women it was as high as 81%. Even after the ACA was enacted, a gender gap sill persisted.
  • But with the final ruling this year, the practice of “gender rating,” or charging women more because they are considered to be a higher risk (i.e., they visit the doctor more, live longer and have babies), is illegal.
  • Still, some health care industry analysts believe that insurance companies should be able to use gender rating as a tool in charging patients more.
  • This suggests that without a mandate to keep insurance companies from charging women more, they may revert to a policy similar to car insurance, in which teenagers can be charged more because of their higher risk.
  • This would leave women without the protection of gender parity.

The return of rescission.

  • One of the things the ACA brought you was the peace of mind that should you — healthy, active and young, the kind of person health insurance companies love — get sick, the company cannot cancel your policy.
  • The practice is called rescission. The ACA outlaws it. With the Republicans’ interest in fewer federal regulations and lower costs, there are no assurances that replacement legislation would have such patient protections in place. Read more

Win for women’s health! Insurance companies have been breaking the law and failing to give women the no-cost birth control that they deserve. We fought back and the Department of Health and Human Services – which helps enforce the health care law – made it absolutely clear that all women’s FDA-approved birth control methods must be covered. Take that, insurance companies!

5 Money-Related Issues Women Deal With That (cis) Men Just Don't Have To

• the wage gap; on average women earn 22% less than men.

• the pink tax; products marketed towards women often cost more, even when they have the same ingredients or functions.

• the cost of menstrual supplies; on average people with periods spend 1700 dollars on tampons, 2200 dollars on new underwear and 1200 dollars on pain relievers over the course of their lifetime.

• greater healthcare costs; on average people with uteruses spend 11.000 dollars on birth control and they have to deal with the high costs of having a baby.

• financial entrapment in abusive relationships; even though this can also happen to men, on average 1 in 4 women are in abusive relationship, 99% of which are controlled through money.

something you all need to hear

fellow students: with respect, i know many of you may not think about health care too often. but you might be forced to soon if the ACA gets repealed. please start paying attention and caring about this issue because it’s about to slam you hard in the face. it hits me hard because my family had a VERY difficult time with health insurance before the ACA.

things that the ACA has enacted, which could be taken away from YOU:

-allowed you to stay on your parents’ insurance until age 26. before the ACA insurers could take you off at age 18, forcing you to buy your own.
-forced insurers to cover any of your pre-existing conditions
-based on your income, given federal funding to help cover your premium costs.
-given women free birth control

PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW. IF YOU GET A FULL INBOX OR BUSY SIGNAL, DO AGAIN AND AGAIN UNTIL YOU GET THROUGH. TRY DIFFERENT NUMBERS. REQUIRE THEM TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.

So my fucking doctor wouldn’t raise my thyroid dose because apparently I’m “in the normal range”

She was in that fucking room for two seconds, did not tell me the numbers for the levels, said to just “see how the birth control goes” and it cost me $75.

$75 for her talking out of her ass.

I asked for my lab results from the nurse and do you know what it says?

I am on the lowest range of “normal”.

Normal Total T3 is listed as 76-181.

I’m at 79.

But since I’m not “having symptoms” we just have to “wait and see”

Meanwhile they just ignore the big ass fucking symptom that got me here in the first place: HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING

AND THAT WON’T CHANGE ON BIRTH CONTROL BECAUSE THE PILL CANCELS OUT FUCKING LEVOTHYROXINE

IT IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE AND NO ONE IS LISTENING AND I AM SO FUCKING TIRED

AND THERE’S IS NOTHING I CAN EVEN DO ABOUT IT UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST WHEN MY INSURANCE KICKS IN AND I GO TO A NEW DOCTOR WHO PROBABLY WON’T DO SHIT FOR IT EITHER SO YAY THANKS 2016 FOR FUCKING ME OVER AT THE GODDAMN BELL
How much does birth control cost without insurance?

Someone asked us:

Say I want to get birth control& without insurance how much would it cost?

It’s great that you’re thinking about taking care of your health and using birth control. Cost really depends on the state you live in and the type of birth control that you want to use.  If you’re interested in a particular method, you can check out our website for a price range.

A lot of Planned Parenthood health centers offer a variety of birth control methods for free or at a low cost. Some even offer payment plans or sliding scale payments depending on your income. Talk to your local Planned Parenthood health center about their cost and insurance policies. They’ll help you out as best as they can.

If you don’t have insurance, you can talk to your local health center about state programs that allow you to sign up for family planning insurance. You can also see if you qualify for Medicaid.

The bottom line is this: With or without insurance, you can always come to us for the care you need, when you need it.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

I’ve seen a couple posts pointing out that Planned Parenthood doesn’t just provide abortions, that it provides crucial low-cost (and often free) health care like PAP smears, birth control counseling etc. 

And all of those things are true, and super-important. 

HOWEVER. 

Planned Parenthood also provides abortions to people who want and need them and that is a good thing. 

If you are pro-reproductive rights, don’t act like abortions are a shameful, negative thing that we need to avoid talking about at all costs. People fucking need abortions. Some Planned Parenthoods provide them. That is a good thing. 

Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers’ biggest boogeyman, talks about how to handle dysforia, teaches about and screens for STI’s and cancer, supports the gay community with workshops and free condoms and STI tests while providing medications like PEP and PrEP, provides low cost prenatal care to low-income families along with birth control, and so much more. While the pro-lifers create wanna-be health clinics that do little more than give you a free pregnancy test stick and lies about how far along you are to keep you from getting an abortion. Also may give you some baby clothes.

also - can we focus more on making adoption easier + cheaper, making pregnancy care as widespread as possible, and making sure teenagers have proper sex education and free access to contraceptives.

like what if it didn’t cost anything to adopt? what if women could get birth control pills or iud’s for free? what if women actually had reasonable parental leave and free child care? isn’t that preferable to abortion?