(Closed) Is birth control really free now in the US?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wish free would be nice!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

No. All the reports state it won’t start till August 2012.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I picked up mine two days ago and it wasn’t free so not that I know of it isn’t!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Some people get BCP for free. I did in college, the health clinic had a sliding pay scale and if you made less than a certain amount per year, they were free. Then it gradually increased in cost as your income increased.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s looks like it’s supposed to start August 1st, 2012.  Here‘s an article I found on it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@abbyful: This is in regards to Obamas healthcare plan though. He’s making it required to be covered fully by all health insurance plans.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You still have to have private insurance, and there is still alot of time for Congress to reverse some decisions and there is some questions about some of the Supreme Court rulings yet to be answered.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I hadn’t heard about this…but I’ve always thought it was in the best interest of healthcare companies to offer it without a deductible anyway…free birthcontrol could mean less babies to need to insure!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think we’ve all heard that “Nothing in life is free” and it still holds true. What the government is saying is all preventative care and FDA approved bc (there isnt anything else lol) are to be covered in full w/out a copay or applying to the deductible if you have a high deductible plan. For me, the preventative care (pap and blood work) is already covered and no does not apply to my deductible. What they fail to mention is that you already pay for the insurance- true…so in theory, you already are paying for it. In college, I just went to Planned Parenthood because of the slotting system.

Then they say this, “As for who is picking up the extra cost, White House advisors say they don’t believe the changes will impact premiums — but ultimately, that decision will be made by insurance companies.” I’ve said on the boards before that I am an insurance agent (property and casualty only) but I do follow the health field news. (If anyone ever has any questions about insurance, hit me up!) Here in OH, we’ve been told by presenters that what insurance companies deem the solution to government mandated coverage is that they just dont cover it. IE The current trend in the midwest areas is that the companies were commanded to cover children and could not say no to care for them. So they changed the policies—no kids allowed. I am in NO way saying that I agree with this move!! But it is fact, that as a business, they can do this. The government can’t make them stop. Personally, if that’s how kids to be handled, I’m terrified of how women and men will be treated after the new law goes into effect.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kate169: I totally agree with you!!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Earlybride: Ya…its nuts and the cost of BC is even nuttier. When I paid out of pocket (high deductible plan), it was $50-$75 a pop depending on the pill I was on. My doc then decided I couldn’t take estrogen and suggested a Mirena. They contacted my insurance as a means of dealing with my nasty nasty time of month. Insurance wouldn’t cover any and it was going to be $2k all up front, out of pocket. OUCH!!! Then I went to PP, and to go there you really have to be shameless IMO. I figure I pay for it through my taxes so why wouldn’t I go?? I paid $200 out of pocket.. Hellz yeah!! I fear for the future of our country/healthcare. I’d love to see meaningful reform but if the “OK, fine we just wont cover x,y,z, at all” is going to be the response, I think the whole thing needs scraped and redone.

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