I was digging around on the (very hard to navigate) website for my insurance company for a number of things today, and FINALLY found this in the FAQ regarding the ACA and birth control:
Under the Affordable Care Act, [redacted] is required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you when performed by a network provider. Effective August 1, 2012, the following services were added and covered at no cost to the member:
Breastfeeding - comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to certain breastfeeding supplies for pregnant and nursing women for one year after delivery.
Contraception – Preferred Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs. Listed below are the specific contraceptive agents covered at no cost-sharing for [redacted] Health Plan members:
Gildess FE 1.5/30
Gildess FE 1/20
Medroxyprogesterone acetate injection
- Nexplanon (Implanon)
Basically posting because I was curious what the deal was with birth control, and why mine hasn’t been free for the last two times I’ve picked it up- turns out it’s not a free one, but one of those listed is the same type. I’m wondering if that’s been the case for any of my followers as well. I was more than a little surprised there’s a specific list of BC covered for free, and not all approved BC is.
And also, IUDs are finally covered in my plan, so now I can start thinking about that again, and whether or not I want to go ahead and get one or stick with the pill. Hmm…
I know I asked questions about IUDs back in January when I was going to get one, but I have more now that I hadn’t thought about back then, plus I’m pretty OK with the pill now, so I’m wondering if it’s really worth it to make the switch.
If anyone who has experience with an IUD, especially the Mirena, and is willing to give me some info, I’d definitely appreciate a private message (non-anon so I can actually reply privately, please). Not to get all weird about this stuff suddenly, because I think it’s important to talk about these issues to remove stigma, but there are also questions I have regarding sex, and I’d like to grant my boyfriend (and myself, as well) some privacy in that regard.