Tina Reed
Oct 9, 2021 - Health

6. The ACA didn't solve birth control access

Illustration of a medical diagram of a uterus with pills falling all around it.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

One of the best-known protections of the Affordable Care Act was a requirement that contraception be 100% covered by insurers — but that doesn't always mean women are able to access the birth control their doctor prescribed for them.

The catch: In many cases, the newest contraceptives on the market are not covered — even when they are recommended by the patient's doctor — because an insurer's formulary calls for an older version of the same method.

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