Contraceptive Coverage/Preventive Services

The women’s preventive health services benefit in Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that most insurance plans cover evidence-based preventive services for women including annual exams, Pap smears and contraception without cost-sharing. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that 55.6 million women and 53.5 million men now have access to this coverage of preventive services without cost-sharing. There have been several legal challenges to the contraceptive coverage requirement. For more information, visit the legal action page.


NFPRHA strives to protect and expand the access resulting from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement that helps millions of insured women in the US have access to contraception with no cost-sharing. NFPRHA has a long history of working to improve both public and private health insurance coverage of contraceptives throughout the country and will continue to work tirelessly to protect women’s access to these services.


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 NFPRHA's Position

Contraceptive Coverage and Preventive Services

Contraceptive coverage enables the prevention of unintended pregnancy and allows women, if and when they choose to become pregnant, to better plan and space pregnancies, which has been proven to improve maternal and child health.

Happening Now 

  • On December 15, US Judge in Pennsylvania blocked the administration's rules on contraceptive coverage that allowed businesses or non-profits to obtain exemptions on moral or religious grounds. 
  • On October 13, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued two interim final rules (IFRs) significantly expanding the types of entities that can legally refuse to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement. One IFR  allows any employer to claim a religious objection to covering contraception for their employees. The other IFR allows exemptions for organizations with moral objections.

For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements.

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