How has copay free birth control helped put you in control of your life? Share your story.

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Even if you don’t use birth control now, chances are that you or a partner, parent, sibling, or child will at some point in your lives. In fact, 99 percent of sexually active women in the U.S. use one or more forms of birth control in their lifetime. And while you may not benefit directly, you still win because when people have access to affordable birth control, society as a whole does better.

33% of the wage gains women have made since the 1960s are the result of access to oral contraceptives. Unintended pregnancies are at historic lows.

And it’s not just women who need birth control – trans and gender nonconforming people rely on birth control too and already face extreme barriers to the health care they need.

The stats speak loud and clear. Access to affordable birth control means the ability to plan for a family. To pursue your biggest dreams. To make decisions about your personal life responsibly and without fear. Being on control means you’re able to be in control of so many aspects of your life.

In Minnesota, legislators are working to pass the Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act that would put into state law the Obama-era Affordable Care Act requirement that most employers must cover contraception and guarantees coverage coverage of all FDA-approved forms of contraception without copay.

Spread the word. Share the facts about copay-free birth control. Start a conversation with your friends using the hashtags #handsoffmybc and #oncontrolincontrol.


Ask your representatives if they support copay free birth control.

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[For State Legislators]: Do you support the recently introduced Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act - that would protect no-cost birth control coverage in Minnesota?

The PAC Act was introduced in March 2018 and would:

  • Guarantee coverage for all FDA-approved forms of contraceptive drugs, devices and supplies without copay

  • Ensure that patient education, contraception counseling and follow-up services are covered without copay

  • Ensure that medically necessary contraceptives, as recommended by a health care provider, are covered without copay

[For Members of Congress]: Do you stand by the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back copay free birth control? If not, what are you going to do about it?

President Trump directed Health and Human Services to re-examine the copay-free contraception benefit --and they have issued new rules rescinding the benefit. Currently 1 in 3 women say they could not afford to pay more than $10 for birth control if they had to buy it today, and the cost of birth control would increase by as much as $1,100 per year if copay-free birth control goes away. This will affect many of the 62.4 million women who currently benefit.

More resources and information:

Reproductive Rights in Minnesota     All Above All

Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota     Planned Parenthood

Info Center      Family Tree Clinic

SIA Legal Team     Berkeley Law