- Director of Policy at Independent Women's Forum
- Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"
“Making birth-control pills available over the counter would greatly increase convenience and access for many women, ultimately leading to fewer unintended pregnancies. There is no reason women should have to obtain a prescription for this common, safe and effective drug that has been around since the 1960s…
Because birth control is a prescription drug, and because the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide no-copay coverage for birth control, American women typically don’t buy the inexpensive pills directly from a pharmacy — as women do in most other countries. American women typically use a third-party payer, like an insurance company, to pay for their contraception. And often, employers provide health insurance…
This pipeline of payment — among women, their employers, their insurers and ultimately their pharmacies — is inefficient and costly. Women may see no-copay birth control as a benefit, but it’s one they pay for: Since the Affordable Care Act passed, average health insurance premiums have increased by 105 percent, more than doubling. Women still pay for birth control; now we simply do it through higher insurance premiums…
And ironically, the morning-after pill or ‘Plan B’ — which includes a much higher dose of the same hormones as regular birth-control pills — is available without a prescription. It makes no sense from public health standpoint that ‘Plan A’ is harder to get.”
“Yes, Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over the Counter,” newsday.com, July 13, 2017
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- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Forum, May 2017-present
- Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Voice, May 2017-present
- Tony Blankley Chair, Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, Steamboat Institute, Aug. 2016-present
- Honoree, Forbes “30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” 2016
- Director of Health Policy, Independent Women’s Forum, June 2014-May 2017
- Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum, June 2009-May 2017
- BA, Economics and Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
- Twitter handle: @HadleyHeath
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