The portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires birth control coverage is being held for religious-affiliated organizations and the executive director of Planned Parenthood Auction Fund of New Jersey Ed Remsen told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that Planned Parenthood is fighting for women to have to right to get birth control benefits.
Remsen said that he is disappointed about the hold because it chips away a key part of the Obamacare plan, which calls for women to receive birth control whether they already have health care or are just signing up.
“It’s a temporary stay. The organizations that requested the stay, already as a religious institution, there is an exemption for them not to have to pay for birth control,” said Remsen.
Remsen said that it seems like some organizations would like to have this part of Obamacare removed and there are groups such as religious organizations and private companies that are coming at this issue from different angles.
“There are 350,000 faith-based organizations, churches, schools, that already have exemptions. We don’t want to see the exemption. We believe that every woman, wherever she works, should have access to birth control,” Remsen said.
Planned Parenthood is not saying that the employers should have to pay for the birth control. An insurance company could pay for it, but the intent of the law is to provide birth control as a part of preventive care for women and for there not be a co-pay, Remsen said.
“Birth control is one of those things that we felt a lot of discrimination around as far has people having to pay co-pays. You don’t have to pay a co-pay for a lot of other preventive services and since birth control is defined as an important preventive service, we think they should not have to pay. It should not become a burden on those who are now entitled to that benefit,” Remsen said.
Planned Parenthood is drawing a line in the sand and saying that they will fight for this because it is important to the patients, Remsen said.
“Right now we are reacting to this because it violates the intent of the law to provide this service without any co-pays,” Remsen said.