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Birth Control Coverage: FAQ

Are "morning-after" pills covered?

Emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, and Ella, are covered when prescribed by a health care provider.

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

No. Health insurance plans are not required to pay for Mifeprex (mifepristone), a pill that induces abortions.

Who is now covered under Medicaid expansion?

The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities for states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover individuals age 19-64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. With this expansion, many more women may be eligible to get their birth control paid for by Medicaid. Go to's Medicaid expansion information to see if your state has expanded coverage. Also, some states have chosen a separate option created under the Affordable Care Act to provide family planning services and supplies to certain individuals; you can contact your state Medicaid agency to find out if you are eligible for coverage under this option.

How does the Supreme Court ruling affect birth control coverage?

The Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit companies do not have to provide the kinds of birth control that go against the company owners’ religious beliefs. But we don’t know yet how this decision will be put into effect. We also don’t know if women who work at these companies may be able to get access to all forms of birth control in another way.

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