The IMS Institute on Healthcare Informatics estimates that in 2013 women saved a whopping $483 million in out-of-pocket costs for oral contraceptives alone—thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act.
For those of you interested in more stats: the share of women with no out-of-pocket costs for birth control pills increased to 56 percent (from 14 percent in 2012.) A total of 24 million more prescriptions for oral contraceptives were filled with no co-pay in 2013 than in 2012, saving each woman an average of $269.
It's no wonder that 7 in 10 Americans support the contraception mandate: with economic benefits on top of health benefits, affordable access to birth control is a clear win. As Planned Parenthood's own report explains, birth control doesn't just help women plan their pregnancies—it gives them control over their futures and moves them closer to economic equality, all while saving Minnesota taxpayers money.
In light of all these awesome stats, we want to thank these women's health champions fighting for Minnesota at the U.S. capitol: Representatives Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, and Tim Walz as well as Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. Their votes made the Affordable Care Act a reality and have kept it from being repealed, and it's already doing wonders for women's health in Minnesota and beyond.