News Can You Afford to Spend $50 a Month on Birth Control?
posted by March 23 at 17:36 PMon
Neither can I. And I sure as hell couldn’t when I was in college, where I relied on the student health center to provide cheap, effective birth control pills for between $10 and $15 a month. I can only assume that these days, when tuition and book costs are higher than ever before and rising, a $500-or-more annual hike in birth control expenses is a bigger burden than ever before. Which is why it’s such terrible news that Congress is eliminating an incentive in the Medicaid rebate law that encouraged companies to provide low-cost contraceptives to college campuses. The change will boost the price of birth control as much as 300 percent. Given that many college students do not have private insurance, and given that many private insurers don’t cover birth control, this is going to have a huge impact on the very college students who can afford it the least.
The change was part of a deficit-reduction measure passed in 2005. Because tons of pregnant college dropouts are really going take care of that problem.