The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage provision made access to the full range of contraceptive methods available to millions of women with private insurance at no cost. Despite broad public support, this provision has been challenged by religious employers, with two cases reaching the Supreme Court.
It is unclear how or whether the new Trump administration and 115th Congress will address the contraceptive coverage requirement, either through administrative action or through efforts to repeal the ACA. If the requirement is modified or eliminated, no cost contraceptive coverage for millions of women is at stake, and the scope of a woman’s contraceptive coverage would again depend on her insurance plan and where she lives and works.
A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the ACA’s contraceptive coverage rule, the impact it has had on women, and the potential state of coverage if the rule is modified or eliminated.