"Comprehensive contraceptive coverage improves use: Methods of contraception differ dramatically in their effectiveness and are not interchangeable medically or otherwise. That’s why the ACA contraceptive coverage benefit matters so much—women need access to the full range of contraceptive methods."
I strolled into my local pharmacy on January 11, 2013, with my wallet tucked into the depths of my backpack, confidently out of reach: I was picking up my first pack of free birth control (that is, birth control that’s covered by my insurance without a co-pay).
With a smile I turned on my heel from the pharmacy counter—birth control in hand and wallet still untouched—and anxiously shuffled outside to find an isolated square foot of NYC sidewalk and tweet my glory to the world.
I repeated this victorious experience in February, March, April, and May. It wasn’t until June that I left the pharmacy with no smile or glory: For some reason, my “free” birth control now cost me $85.