MMS statement on birth control coverage

October 6, 2017 – Henry L. Dorkin, MD, FAAP, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, released the following statement regarding coverage of birth control:

“Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of women around the country have benefited from no-copay coverage of contraception. Reducing financial barriers to effective birth control helps women avoid unintended pregnancy and its related health implications. Birth control helps women choose when to become pregnant, which can lead to better outcomes for them and for their families. And coverage of contraception without a co-pay removes the financial burdens for women who rely on birth control for non-contraceptive purposes.

“In the face of a federal rollback of these important protections, the Massachusetts Medical Society is grateful to our elected officials, who are pursuing innovative approaches toward expanding birth control access for women and families across the state.

“Our state legislation would not only maintain the protections under the Affordable Care Act – it would actually take steps to ensure greater access to a range of forms of contraception for both men and women, including emergency contraception and highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC).

“As physicians, we recognize the value of contraception to the families of Massachusetts. We are disappointed that access to needed birth control will be scaled back for many women across the country, but we are grateful to the elected officials of the Commonwealth who understand that birth control is essential medical care.”

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