What is a Contraceptive Access Fund?
At least 19.5 million women in United States who are in need of publicly funded contraception live in contraceptive deserts —counties without reasonable access to the full range of contraceptive methods. Further, an estimated 11.2 million women (age 19-64) in the US still lack access to any form of health insurance, and consequently, no- or low-cost contraception. These grave statistics mean that millions of women in the US live in the difficult circumstance of having to not only navigate direct cost barriers to contraception, but also associated transportation costs, child care costs, and unpaid time off work.
Power to Decide has launched BCBenefits, a contraceptive access fund to support women’s power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. The fund helps low income women overcome some of the most commonly-faced barriers in access to contraception, including transportation, child care, and unpaid time off work.
How It Works
Based on funds available, Power to Decide offers women living at or up to 250% of the federal poverty level access to:
- Gas cards, shared ride vouchers, or other transportation offsets so that they can travel safely to necessary appointments.
- Reimbursement for direct costs of contraception that are not covered by insurance.
- Reimbursement for child care and unpaid time off to attend clinic appointments.
The contraceptive access fund is administered via Bedsider, Power to Decide’s evidence-based and digital birth control information and resource network.
BCBenefits will launch nationally in April 2019 and will continue to roll out new benefits throughout the year.
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