Protect OUR Access to Birth Control!

If you believe that birth control is a basic part of health care, you are in good company. More than 85 percent of the people in the United States agree with you. So why all the hate? There’s a loud and vocal minority making it their mission to limit access to birth control. And it's working—there are already more than 19 million women living in contraceptive deserts. The new rules will only make it harder for women to afford the method that’s best for them, or in some cases any method at all.

The current picture isn't rosy, but we have a secret weapon: YOU!

Whether you have access to the birth control method right for you or not, we must all work together to protect access to birth control. Keep reading for ideas to help you protect birth control access for all of us.

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Step One: Get and Keep Your Birth Control Covered
Don’t have insurance? Have employer-provided insurance and want it to keep covering your birth control? Start here and make sure you get covered or keep what you’ve got.
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Step Two: Tell Your Friends and Family to Get Covered
Now that you are covered, help others keep their coverage.
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Step Three: Sharing is Caring
‘Tis the season to make sure everyone who needs access to no co-pay health insurance has it.
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Step Four: Raise your voice
If there ever was a time to make your voice heard, it is now. Our decision makers need to hear that access to no co-pay birth control is important.
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Step One: Get and Keep Your Birth Control Covered
  • No health insurance? Big problem. Not having health insurance isn’t for the faint of heart. An unplanned pregnancy could cost you more in the long term than your premium. But don’t fret, help is available. Check out the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, and search for a plan that meets your needs. Worried about cost? Many people are eligible for subsidies to help them pay their monthly premiums. Depending on your state, you may be eligible for Medicaid.
  • Have employer-sponsored insurance? Keep your birth control covered. Employer-sponsored health insurance is a great thing, but new rules issued by the Trump Administration make it possible for more employers to refuse to cover your birth control due to religious or moral objections. Don’t want this to happen? Make your voice known and let your employer know how important their coverage of birth control with no co-pay is to you. Here are tips to help you do that.
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Step Two: Tell Your Friends and Family to Get Covered
  • Educate your friends and family. Share what you’ve learned about enrolling in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (remember the earliest deadline is December 15th but it depends on what state you’re in) with your family and friends. Help them give themselves the best gift: the gift of health. Or encourage them to talk to their employer. If you or the people in your life are covered under your parent's plan (thanks, ACA), talk with your folks about how important birth control coverage is to you, and ask them to check their plan for any changes.
  • Activate them. We need everyone’s help to keep birth control co-pay free. Ask your family and friends to share what they’ve learned with the people in their lives. Ask them to encourage others to obtain health insurance coverage if they don’t have it, speak to their employer if they do, and share their story about the importance of having no co-pay birth control so we can protect it for others.
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Step Three: Sharing is Caring
  • Connect with your neighbors. Share what you’ve learned with your neighbors by posting about birth control on your local listserv. Ask them to check out the Health Insurance Marketplace, or you can share our overview of the Marketplace to help them get acquainted with what they need to do.
  • Volunteer with a local organization. The Trump Administration cut back the amount of time that individuals have to obtain coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and cut back the advertising dollars associated with promoting the open enrollment period. Many groups are trying to fill that gap. That’s where you come in. Find a group and volunteer to help them get the word out. Don’t know where to start? Start here for ideas.
  • Get Social! Your voice is amplified through social media. Share news about getting covered and keeping your birth control covered. If you need resources, Get Covered America is full of fact sheets and information. If you're having trouble finding your own words, you can share our sample messages on your social media platforms.
    • Need health coverage? We've got you covered! Here's a timeline to #GetCovered before open enrollment ends: bit.ly/ACATNC2017
    • Open Enrollment for health insurance has begun! Here's everything you need to know to #GetCovered: ow.ly/T3Pz30gg4Y7
    • Confused about the new birth control rule? Here's everything you need to know + ways to fight it #ThxBirthControl #HandsOffMyBC ow.ly/VLG330fZBgA
    • Restricting access to birth control for millions of women is not ok! Get your voice on the books, tell the Administration #ThxBirthControl #HandsOffMyBC ow.ly/FO1930fZHSK
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Step Four: Raise your voice
  • Make a public comment. One of the best ways to make sure your voice is heard is to go on the record. We can help you tell the Trump Administration why your employer should cover all methods of birth control and what no co-pay birth control has meant to you.
  • Contact your Congress members. Let your Senators and Representatives know that you support the birth control mandate in any replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Don’t know who they are? You can find your elected officials here.
  • Go social. Many lawmakers have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat. Follow them. Chat with them. Let them know that supporting birth control isn’t controversial. Here are some messages you can use to tag your decision makers. (You should be able to find their social media information on their webpages.)
    • Everyone loves birth control! 99% of U.S. women who’ve ever had sex have used it at some point in their lives. Speak out against the Administration's new rules. #ThxBirthControl
    • 74% of people agree that if more people talked about birth control more people would use it. How are you protecting access? #ThxBirthControl
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