A Guide to Getting Free Birth Control

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Here’s the deal: you need to be aware of birth control options. I don’t care if you’re 14 years old or a nun or married or abstinent or what, you need to be informed and if you’re not that’s on you.

I’ve spent the last 5 months doing some seriously extensive research for a birth control campaign (that has some great potential to do even greater things *pats self on back*) so I’ve made the calls to the Medicaid offices and Blue Cross Blue Shield and Planned Parenthood and School-Based Health Centers and I know just how important all of this is. 

Here’s a roundup of what you should know:

  1. All methods of birth control are covered at 100% under the Affordable Care Act, regardless of whether you have Medicaid or Blue Cross or any plan whatsoever. This does change, however, depending on whether your plan is “grandfathered in” (aka purchased on or before March 23, 2010). Don’t know if your plan is grandfathered? Give your insurance company a call. I was shocked to find out that my plan is grandfathered.
  2. Even if your plan IS grandfathered, there’s a good chance you can still get free/super super cheap birth control in any method you choose. Even with my current grandfathered plan I receive pills at $0 and was able to get the IUD for a $25 copay on my first visit and a $0.33 prescription total. For 5 years of coverage you don’t have to think twice about? I’d say that’s a major win.
    If you do find out that you're not covered and your plan is ACA-compliant (meaning your birth control should be free) don't give up! Make some calls to your insurance company and the Affordable Care Act office.
  3. There are waaaaaaay more options out there than you probably realize. Do your research and pick what works best for you. There are rods, shots, IUDs, pills, OTC methods, you name it.
  4. For every $1 the government spends on birth control, taxpayers save $7.09. Why? Because babies are really, really expensive and you know what costs less? Not having babies until you can afford to have babies.
  5. If you’re on your parents’ insurance as a dependent, then you can call your insurance company and ask that your EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) be sent directly to you so no one’s getting all up in your bUsInEsS. Or just do what I did and have a rational, grown up conversation with your mom.

I swear I could go on and on for days about the value and importance of educating and protecting yourself when it comes to birth control, but for now I’ll leave it at this.

If you have any questions, whatsoever, please do not hesitate to send me a text or email. My brain is seriously packed full of birth control and insurance information and I’m just itching to dole it out. Or pay a visit to your primary care physician or OB/GYN and I’m sure they’d love nothing more than to help you out.

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