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Birth Control Coverage: FAQ

Is birth control covered for men?

No. Only women's birth control is covered. Health insurance companies do not have to pay for condoms. They also don't have to pay for vasectomy, a permanent birth control surgery for men.

Can teens get free birth control without their parents knowing?

Teens can get birth control with a prescription from their doctor. However, it's hard for teens to get free birth control without their parents knowing if they're on their parents' health insurance plan.

Some college student centers and Planned Parenthood clinics in most states offer condoms and other free or reduced-cost birth control to teens without their parents' permission.

Does every health insurance plan have to pay for birth control?

The Affordable Care Act only applies to health insurance plans you get through your employer or buy yourself. Medicaid is not included. However, most state Medicaid plans cover prescription birth control methods.

Are "morning-after" pills covered?

Emergency contraceptives, including Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, and Ella, are covered. However, for people buying them without a prescription on an "over-the-counter" basis, insurance companies may not have to pay for them.

Do health insurance plans have to pay for "abortion pills"?

No. The so-called abortion pill, mifepristone (Mifeprex), is not covered under the Affordable Care Act.

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