Last night, our Best New Thing in the World was the new “no-cost birth control” mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS determined that contraception is preventive care, which means that under health reform, insurance companies can no longer charge for it. Women have been shelling out co-pays for their birth control, from $10 a month for cheaper birth control pills to $1,000 for longer-term IUDs.
The cost also varies depending on the pharmacy you use and where you live. A company called Clear Health Costs has been crowd-sourcing a map to show the disparity in birth control costs. For now the map is centered on New York, but they’re hoping to hear from women across the country.