Your voice was heard! You helped protect women’s access to contraceptive services!
After reviewing more than 200,000 comments from the public – many of them from AAUW Action Network members like you! – the Obama administration announced earlier today that almost all employers will have to include coverage for women’s preventive health services, including contraceptive services, starting in August 2012. This is a victory for women’s health, and would not have happened without our raising our collective and persuasive voice.
AAUW applauds the administration for releasing this rule, and is relieved the administration worked to protect women’s rights to access preventive care including contraceptive services. This decision means that women’s preventive services will be covered without co-pay or cost-sharing. As the Institute of Medicine put it when proposing what should be covered,“Positioning preventive care as the foundation of the U.S. health care system is critical to ensuring Americans’ health and well-being. Women particularly stand to benefit from additional preventive health services.” AAUW couldn’t agree more.