ACOG President Martin Applauds President Obama and Secretary Sebelius on Ensuring Women's Access to Contraceptive Coverage
February 7, 2012
Washington, DC -- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applauds President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for their decision to guarantee women in most employer-sponsored health insurance plans coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives with no co-pays or deductibles beginning August 1, 2012.
ACOG worked closely with the US Congress and the Institute of Medicine to encourage coverage by health insurers of women’s preventive care, including contraceptives, without cost sharing. In a letter released today, ACOG President James N. Martin, Jr, MD, thanks the President and Secretary for “affirming that a woman’s access to needed care, including contraception and other preventive care, should not depend on her employer type.”
Family planning services, including contraceptives, are vital for women’s health and well-being. Planned pregnancies—for which most women require contraception— allow women to optimize their own health before pregnancy and childbirth, leading to healthier pregnancies and healthier babies. An unintended pregnancy may worsen a woman’s preexisting health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or coronary artery disease. Planned pregnancies improve the health of children as adequate birth spacing lowers the risk of low birth weight and preterm birth.
The United States has the highest rate of unintended pregnancy in the developed world; approximately half of all pregnancies are unintended. We stand with the President and Secretary Sebelius’ decision to help ensure every pregnancy is intended and healthy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org