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Free Birth Control? It Depends.

Posted by Ryan Morgan on August 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Since August 1, there have been waves of information regarding what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for women. We’ve gone from the celebratory “Birth control is free!”  to the “Will Your Birth Control Be Free?” to a guarded “Some birth control for some people is free.”

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Forget math! Understanding health care reform is hard!

So how do we make sense of these still-emerging rules regarding women’s preventative health care? Here are a few websites we consult for the latest and most reliable information:

1. Kaiser Family Foundation: The KFF is a non-profit, non-partisan foundation focusing on health care issues. This is a great (but sometimes stylistically dry) site to find statistics, trends, and, for example, how the ACA will affect people in your zip code.

2. RH Reality Check: This site focuses more specifically on reproductive and sexual health care issues and specializes in fact-based news, analysis, and commentary.  Search their archives for blog posts from reproductive health experts on a multitude of topics!

3. Slate.com’s XX Factor Blog: XX addresses broadly construed women’s issues (Yes, it’s broadly about broads!) for an intelligent general audience. Keep an eye out for Amanda Marcotte’s (who also writes for RH Reality Check) pieces!

4. HealthCare.gov: A website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site presents information—for instance the full text of the ACA, a timeline of what’s changing and when—with little commentary.

5. New York Times Topics: Health Care Reform: Here, you’ll get the NYTime’s full coverage of health care reform, including multimedia resources, blogs, and advocacy groups.

And as always, continue to check in with Tell Them’s Facebook and Twitter pages for new information on how the ACA will affect you!


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