Offering women more options to guard themselves against unwanted pregnancies is a historical pressing matter. Medicaid has sought to start solving the issue. But the recent decision of the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case represents a drawback. The Supreme Court decided that closely held corporations will have the possibility to refuse paying for the female employees’ contraception drugs if the owners have displayed sincere religious views which are incompatible with contraception. New York sees to overcome the effects with post birth contraceptives.
The state of New York plans to counteract the effects of the Hobby Lobby case. But the newest decision is consistent anyway with the state’s recent strategy towards the health of pregnant women. Associated Press recalls how this spring, the state of New York started covering intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants through Medicaid. The devices are sold for prices ranging from $350 to $700. Women with low-income are the main target of the policy.
Post birth contraceptives because three out of five pregnancies are unplanned
New York City annually becomes the home of around 195.000 new born babies. But three out of every five pregnancies are not planned. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says, according to Associated Press, that it is important to offer women the chance to better plan a subsequent pregnancy. So they insist that hospitals must offer women access to birth control devices immediately after they deliver. These devices are 99 percent effective in stopping further unwanted pregnancies and do not affect the capacity to bear children is removed. When a woman is able to control when she remains pregnant, she can better protect her health. She can focus on the well-being of her any future and present children. Medicaid covers around 85 percent of the devices’ cost and the state of New York covers the rest.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared “As a senator, I fought for a strong law to protect women from discrimination in healthcare coverage because we must have one set of rules for everyone. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s deeply misguided Hobby Lobby decision, we need to go further to empower the women of New York State with the information they need to make their own healthcare choices. That is what the Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act would accomplish.” Will other states follow New York’s solution of offering post birth contraceptives?