President Biden signs executive order to expand access to contraception in response to a Supreme Court decision overturning abortion right.
This comes amid concerns that birth control could also face restrictions.
Jen Klein, the senior adviser to Biden, told reporters that the order would make it easier for women to get contraception and reduce the amount they must pay out of pocket.
According to Klein, the order tells federal departments to consider making the Affordable Care Act require private insurers to offer more contraceptive options, like covering more than one product and making it easier to get care.
Reproductive rights advocates claim that increasing barriers are making it difficult for millions of women to obtain contraception, which is why Biden issued the order.
Since the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on June 24 this year, contraceptives have been in the spotlight.
According to Klein, Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris are anticipated to deliver remarks on Friday to commemorate the landmark decision’s one-year anniversary.
According to a White House fact sheet on the order, “This action will build on the progress already made under the Affordable Care Act by further reducing barriers that women face in accessing contraception prescribed by their provider.”
Contraception coverage is required by the Affordable Care Act, the most important domestic policy achievement of former President Barack Obama. However, certain religiously exempt employers’ health plans do not have to cover it.
According to the fact sheet, Biden’s order will also direct the government to think about ways to make affordable over-the-counter contraception, such as emergency contraception, more accessible. This might entail convening pharmacies, employers, and insurance companies to investigate the problem.
Another objective of the order is to make it easier for people enrolled in the government’s Medicaid and Medicare programs to get supplies and services related to family planning.
A bill to protect access to contraception was passed by the US House of Representatives in July when Democrats still held control, but Republicans blocked it in the Senate.
A new bill to safeguard access to contraception was introduced last week by two US senators. The bill would need to be approved by both the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House to become law.