Online Program

Two steps forward, one step back: The quest for comprehensive family planning coverage post ACA

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kathy Waligora, MSW, EverThrive Illinois, Chicago, IL
In 2012, the Affordable Care Act promised millions of women that they would have access to free preventive services, especially the full range of FDA approved birth control, in nearly every health insurance plan. In reality, coverage for birth control is not as expansive as promised, leaving women with significant coverage gaps, not to mention tremendous barriers to understanding their coverage. To complicate matters, states are rolling back family planning programs, leaving women without a safety net. The speaker will share insights from reproductive justice advocates in Illinois who have worked to protect the promise made by the ACA by working with insurance companies to improve coverage, empowering women as consumers, and by fighting attempts to roll back the safety net. 

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe advocacy strategies to guarantee access to the full range of contraceptive methods for all women Identify common barriers to contraception access for insured and uninsured women

Keyword(s): Contraception, Activism

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have managed a statewide advocacy campaign devoted to protecting and improving access to contraception for all women for more than four years. In 2014 and 2014, I conducted a thorough analysis of contraception coverage in qualified health plans available through the Illinois marketplace and worked with insurance carriers to improve coverage and communication to consumers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.