Ladies! Get Your Slut Pills Free Starting Today!

If I had a wacky waving arm flailing inflatable tube man, I’d put it up in front of my apartment complex today. It would have a really cool sign that said:

“FUCK YEAH! FREE SLUT PILLS! THANKS OBAMA!”

Or something like that.

Dubbed “No Copay Day,” today is the day when seven key preventive reproductive health services are now covered without copay. I really think that the Obama Administration could’ve come up with some better names for today, considering that it’s a milestone for women’s health and feminism. My suggestions include “The Day Freedom Died,” and “Slut Pills Liberation Day.”

As of today, women will have access to copay-free services that save lives, keep children and women healthy, and ultimately save money for insurers and patients. This part of the Affordable Care Act is one of those that will have immediate implications for women and families, especially those of child-bearing age.

As of today, insurance companies will be required to provide 100%, co-pay free coverage for:

- Screening for gestational diabetes (healthy babies and moms!)
- Contraception (fewer unwanted pregnancies & abortions!)
- Breastfeeding support and supplies (healthy babies, happy moms!)
- Well-woman visits (early detection of cancer and STIs!)
- HIV screening & counseling (early detection, screening & treatment!)
- Domestic violence screening & counseling (keeping women & kids safe)
- HPV testing (preventing the spread of STIs!)

*It’s worth noting that the August 1 start date only applies to plans that are new or for re-enrollments on or after August 1. If your plan renews in November, for example, your coverage would go into effect for the new year. Simply put, if you’re already on a plan, it won’t change until you re-enroll. Some insurers will grandfather in policies that were in effect before August 1, so check with your insurer for the most accurate information.

Go Obama! While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect (where’s my money for abortions, yo?!), it does mean that people will have access to STI screenings, counseling, and essential health services! With all of the rollbacks to women’s health on the state level, news like this is quite refreshing!

Today is a really pivotal day for women. Starting today, women won’t have to worry about whether or not paying for their next pack of pills fits into the budget. Today, we know that we have a president that cares about reproductive health, a president who is willing to stand with women and Planned Parenthood.

As a young woman, I know how difficult it can be to keep up with your reproductive health, especially if you have health concerns – like pre-cancerous cells on the cervix or endometriosis. Before, it could mean spending a lot of money on surgeries and procedures; now, it means that women will have access to the treatment they need.

This news is exciting, refreshing, and makes me very happy – but it isn’t the end. The battle over reproductive health and women’s issues is in full effect. Just yesterday, House Republicans held a vote on a bill to criminalize abortion in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks.

There are still well-funded and organized groups across the country that are trying like hell to limit your access to care. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and if Mitt Romney wins in November, we can almost be assured that all of this progress will disappear as quickly as it came.

But for today, we celebrate. We look forward to a day when birth control is as controversial as cookies. We hug our kids and are thankful for our health. We’re also maybe a little less worried about paying for our upcoming visit to the gyno.

Cheers to the Affordable Care Act! How do you plan to celebrate No Copay Day? We’ve got some suggestions, leave yours in the comments:

- Fornication (obviously!)
- Volunteering your time or donating to your local Planned Parenthood or domestic violence shelter
- Getting tested for HPV or HIV
- Feminist rabble-rousing, complete with fancy cocktails and knitted uteri. Or uterus cookies!

About Amy:
Amy is a social media strategist living in Dallas, Texas. She likes music, trashy TV, and ladybiz. tweet: @aemccarthy

Comments

  1. Great article and great victory! Ridicilous how being responsible and caring for your body apparently makes you a “slut”!

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