Oral contraceptives are now the most widely used form of contraception. In the U.S., the daily oral contraceptive pills have traditionally only been available with a prescription, but current legislative and advocacy efforts in some states have focused on broadening access to oral contraceptives by eliminating the requirement that women first have an in-person clinical visit. This factsheet provides an overview of oral contraception, discusses private insurance and Medicaid coverage, and reviews emerging strategies to promote and expand women’s access to oral contraceptives.
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The Global HIV/AIDS Timeline is an ongoing reference tool for the many political, scientific, cultural, and community developments that have occurred over the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
This infographic looks at health and health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, including a look at their health status and access to care.
Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals in the U.S.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals often face challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services and, as a result, can experience worse health outcomes. These challenges can include stigma, discrimination, violence, and rejection by families and communities, as well as other barriers, such as inequality in the workplace and health insurance sectors, the provision of substandard care, and outright denial of care because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This issue brief examines population characteristics of the LGBT community and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recent Supreme Court rulings and other policy changes related to same-sex marriage on insurance coverage and access to health care services.
The Uninsured: A Primer – Key Facts about Health Insurance and the Uninsured in the Wake of National Health Reform
Despite record coverage gains under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of people in the United States still lack health insurance. This primer provides information on how insurance changed under the ACA, how many people remain uninsured, who they are, and why they lack health coverage. It also summarizes what we know about the impact lack of insurance can have on health outcomes and personal finances. It is accompanied by detailed tables with data on health insurance coverage in the United States.
This Spanish-language graphic examines health and health care for Hispanics in the United States, including a look at their health status and access to care.
This graphic looks at health and health care for Hispanics in the United States, including a look at their health status and access to care.
This fact sheet describes how coverage has changed under the ACA, examines the characteristics of the uninsured population, and summarizes the access and financial implications of not having coverage.
Findings from the Field: Medicaid Delivery Systems and Access to Care in Four States in Year Three of the ACA
Based on case studies and focus groups, this brief reviews delivery systems and access to care for Medicaid enrollees in Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington as of Spring 2016. The findings provide an on-the-ground view of Medicaid delivery systems and enrollees’ experiences accessing care three years after implementation of the Medicaid expansion. This brief builds on previous reports that examined states’ preparation for implementation prior to the initial ACA open enrollment period and their experiences after completion of the first and second open enrollment periods.
Most State Medicaid Programs Cover Prescription Contraceptives, While Coverage of Over-the-Counter Contraceptives Varies
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of states’ Medicaid family planning policies under fee-for-service finds wide coverage of most prescription contraceptives among 40 states and the District of Columbia (DC), but variable coverage of emergency contraceptives and other family planning-related services. It is the first published report on state coverage…