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 more than 100 million people 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 ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement that helps millions of insured people 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 access to these services.


NFPRHA Fact Sheets

  • The Right to Contraception Act - The Right to Contraception Act would establish that individuals have a statutory right to obtain contraceptives and to more broadly seek care to prevent pregnancy.

NFPRHA Comments

  • On December 5, 2017, NFPRHA submitted comments on both the religious exemption and moral exemption interim final rules proposed by the Trump administration earlier that year.

Other Resources

 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 

  • NFPRHA joins partners in condemning the Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania, which will allow any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to covering contraception under two final rules promulgated in November 2018. One final rule allows any employer to claim a religious objection to covering contraception for their employees. The other final rule allows exemptions for organizations with moral objections. The rules had been barred by lower courts and had never gone into effect. 

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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