(WASHINGTON POST) Danielle Paquette — American women are spending much less money on birth control since the Affordable Care Act started requiring insurance plans to cover contraception, according to a new analysis.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined health insurance claims from one of the country’s largest private insurers in 2012 (pre-Obamacare) and 2013 (post-Obamacare). They found that spending on the pill, America’s most popular birth control method, quickly fell 38 percent — from $33 to $20, on average. Spending on IUDs, meanwhile, plummeted 68 percent, from $262 to $84.
The total savings, the health economists estimate: $1.4 billion.