Local advocates for women's health care programs—including birth control—cheered this morning's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
"Most notably, under today's ruling, millions of women will have access to birth control without a co-pay starting in 2012," read a statement from Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. "Women spend up to $600 a year on bith control—nine tanks of gas in a minivan—making it a major economic concern."
Hannah Brass, Idaho legislative director at PPVNW, pointed to 283,000 Idahoans who have already received coverage for preventative health screenings at no cost since August 2010.
"The Affordable Care Act marks the biggest advance for women's health in a generation," said Brass.
In particular, PPVNW used the story of Lauretta Campbell of Moscow as a prime example of someone who will access new benefits. The 23-year-old Campbell works as a nanny but barely makes enough to cover groceries and a car she shares with a boyfriend. Campbell also refuses to accept food stamps, and struggles to pay $25 a month for birth control.
"It's a lot of money for me," said Campbell. "Almost a week's worth of groceries."
PPVNW said Campbell's access to birth control without a co-pay will "allow her and her partner to have kids when they're married and can afford them."