Below is a statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in response to the ruling in Braidwood Management v. Xavier Becerra:
“Allowing personal or political bias to interfere with the practice of medicine will cause harm to our patients. No-copay coverage of critical preventive care like HIV prevention is intended to increase access in order to keep people healthier. Preventive care improves health and saves lives, and it also reduces overall costs to the health care system.
An individual's personal belief does not change the fact that HIV prevention helps people live healthy lives. To improve health outcomes, we should be working toward increased access to and utilization of all preventive care recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Instead, we find ourselves once again defending health care from outside interference and responding to attempts to dismantle our current preventive care system. Today’s decision will leave more people without access to preventive care and will grow health inequities among those who will now find themselves underinsured.”
Read ACOG’s amicus brief with the American Medical Association and several other leading medical societies.