Contraception for Women – Frequently Asked Questions

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

William Ryerson is the founder and president of Population Media Center. Coming from a background in population dynamics, Bill Ryerson is knowledgeable about human migration (emigration and immigration) as well as the ways family planning affects populations.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes rules about contraception that make most birth control methods free for most women in the United States. To learn more about your rights as a patient, keep reading.

Question: Which methods of female birth control are covered?
Answer: All FDA-approved birth control methods are covered for women. This includes barrier methods, hormonal and implanted methods, and surgical sterilization.

Question: Are any methods not covered?
Answer: While emergency contraception methods such as Ella and Plan B are covered, abortions and procedures meant to induce abortions are not.

Question: Are some employers exempt from these rules?
Answer: Yes. Religious employers such as churches are not required to cover family planning. Religious nonprofit organizations do not have to provide coverage for these services, but employees can access them through a third party at no cost. Short-term plans and some plans purchased before 2010 may also be exempt.