Obamacare Fails to Deliver on Free Birth Control as Some Insurers Charge Fees

Some insurers are requiring women to pay all of the costs of their contraceptive drugs even though Obamacare requires birth control to be provided free of charge, according to a study released Thursday that blames vague federal guidelines for the uneven implementation.

The contraceptive provisions, one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act, were supposed to give women free access to birth control.

But some insurers are picking and choosing what drugs or devices they will cover, leaving women who want different kinds of birth control to pay out of their own pockets, said the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the study.

“There are still some women who are not fully benefiting from this tremendous advance for women’s health,” said Gretchen Borchelt, a vice president at the National Women’s Law Center who spoke at the study’s release.