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>> Obamacare is a complete and total disaster.>> Donald Trump's threat to overturn the Affordable Care Act, sending a growing number of states scrambling to protect a key component of the law, access to free birth control. Reuters' Jilian Mincer is covering the story. One of the most popular benefits, free birth control, is also one of the most vulnerable right now.
It can be repealed even without congressional action. As a result, we're seeing states step in to try to ensure that women and men in their states continue to receive that benefit.>> This week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proposed a law that would guarantee no out of pocket cost for birth control and prohibit insurance companies, through what's called medical management reviews, from limiting or delaying coverage.
Minnesota, Colorado, and Massachusetts planning similar legislation. The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, requires most health plans to provide cost-free contraception. More than 55 million women are eligible, those using birth control pills saving more than $1.4 billion a year under Obamacare. If repealed, patients could find themselves with copays as high as $50 a month for the pill and $1000 for long acting devices, such as IUDs.
This year, Maryland, Vermont, and Illinois eliminated copays for vasectomies. And in 2014, California passed a contraception law that's even more generous than Obamacare, expanding the range of methods that are covered.