- Here’s How to Get Birth Control Delivered Right to Your Door
- MORE: Your Abortion Rights Are Under Threat: What You Need to Know
- 1. The Pill Club
- 2. Prjkt Ruby
- 3. Nurx
- 4. Lemonaid
- 5. Hey Doctor
- Explore Methods
- #CVSDeniesCare trends over plans to cut reimbursement rates for mail-order birth control
Save time and money with no-cost birth control delivered directly to you!
You may be eligible to receive birth control for an entire year, delivered right to your door, at no cost to you through the Quarterly Contraceptive Kit (QCK) program.
- Your birth control method (pills, patch or Nuva Ring)
- Latex condoms
- Emergency contraception
You may also be eligible for no-cost health care services including annual exams, STD and HIV testing, pregnancy testing, and more.
- Are you female?
- Are you a U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant?
- Are you a Wisconsin resident?
- Are you seeking contraceptives (pills, patch or Nuva Ring)?
- Do you have a monthly income of $3,001.35 or less
- Are you already enrolled in Family Planning Only Services (FPOS) or BadgerCare?
- No-cost enrollment
- You may only need to come into a health center once a year
- Contraceptive supplies delivered right to your door at no additional charge
- Text reminders
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Here’s How to Get Birth Control Delivered Right to Your Door
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Things have been a little dicey in the world of birth control over the last few years. People are dropping the Pill left and right, and the current administration (ahem) takes steps every day that threaten the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.
But there’s some good news: Direct-to-consumer companies are dedicated to making birth control more accessible than ever before. The latest companies, apps, and services even deliver your prescription right to your door. No prescription? Most can even help with that-a real blessing, considering there’s a huge shortage of ob-gyns in the U.S.
This doesn’t just exist to make your life easier (because, TBH, the hassle of waiting in line at a pharmacy is a total first-world problem). Millions of women live in contraceptive deserts, according to Power to Decide (a campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy)-meaning they either don’t have access to a health care facility or don’t have a pharmacy within 60 minutes of their homes. Imagine not only having to make time to hit the pharmacy drive-through between work and other obligations, but also having to drive over an hour each way.
“In the U.S., about 19 million women live in counties that lack reasonable access to a full range of contraceptives,” says Nick Chang, CEO and founder of The Pill Club (more on that below). “Over 80 percent of our members have expressed concern about impaired or limited access to birth control due to financial, geographical, or family constraints. This is evidence of a huge gap today in women’s need for birth control and the way in which they obtain it. For a medication that is one of the most important a woman will take in her life, it’s surprising how many hurdles she can go through.” (Access to birth control is a huge issue outside the United States, too.)
Three cheers for accessible birth control! (And all the things it does for your body besides preventing unwanted pregnancy-like lowering your risk of ovarian cancer and reducing female athlete knee injuries.) Want in? Here, some birth control delivery services you can trust:
Bedsider.org is an online birth control support network for women ages 18 to 29, operated by Power to Decide. The company offers a Delivered to Your Door tool that’s basically the Seamless of contraception. You plug in your zip code, city, or state to instantly see a list of services that can deliver BC and emergency contraception directly to your door. That’s right-no more missing a pill because you couldn’t get to the pharmacy before closing time, having anxiety about the store clerk judging you for buying Plan B, or freaking out because you’ll be out of town when you’re supposed to pick up your next pack. (FYI, the site can also help you find a local clinic.)
With this tool, you can find the services that deliver to your area depending on your state’s laws, but most allow contraception to be delivered to your home, according to Bedsider. You may be required to speak with a prescriber first (via video chat) or simply complete a short health questionnaire. And more great news: Many of them provide free shipping and accept health insurance, and some even allow users to sign up for automatic refills. (BTW, there’s another service that’ll deliver condoms, Plan B, and pregnancy tests to you too.)
The Pill Club
The Pill Club is currently the largest online birth control delivery and prescription service in the United States, and just became the first that delivers to all 50 states and Washington, D.C. They offer more than 100 brands of birth control pills, the ring, emergency contraceptives, and non-hormonal contraceptives (ex: male and female condoms), accept all major prescription insurance plans, and deliver fo free. While they can deliver in all 50 states, they can also prescribe in 35 states (which they’re hoping to expand ASAP). You only need to request a prescription by answering a series of basic health questions, on their website. Then, The Pill Club’s medical team carefully reviews your profile and prescribes the best birth control option for you. Your prescription (which you initially send in by just snapping a pic) automatically gets filled and sent to you every month (that means no missing a day because you can’t get to the pharmacy). Bonus: Each box comes with some bonus goodies every month (think a sweet treat, stickers, and samples from other woke sexual wellness companies).
In addition to offering about 45 brands of birth control pills, the NuvaRing, the patch, and emergency contraception, Nurx also offers PrEP for HIV prevention and at-home HPV testing. They currently only ship to 21 states but offer free delivery and automatic refills. To get a prescription, you can either select the prescription you currently have or get a doctor’s advice on which method might work best for you. Then you answer a few health questions, the Nurx medical team reviews your request and health history, and a licensed medical provider will write the prescription. Boom-soon you’ll have BC right at your door. They take most insurance (which should knock your cost per month down to $0) but have the option to pay out of pocket as well. (P.S. Before you start a prescription, read up on .)
Twentyeight Health currently offers service only in New York and New Jersey but offers the same benefits as some of the larger services. This is a great option if you’re new to BC or between docs since you can’t transfer in an existing prescription. First, you sign up for Twentyeight Health and fill out a medical questionnaire. If you want, you can also do a short audio consultation with a doctor for advice. Then a doctor reviews your info to confirm your eligibility and writes you a prescription, and you’ll have your birth control delivered to your door within two or three days. They take cash and most insurance, and they offer most BC pill brands. You’ll pay $20 for the initial consultation, but then you can pay as low as $0 (with insurance) or $18 (out-of-pocket) per month for your automatic monthly prescription refill and online messaging with Twentyeight Health’s doctors. (Don’t forget that the IUD is a birth control option too.)
HeyDoctor isn’t just for birth control: They also offer UTI antibiotics and treatment, acne treatment and prevention, STD testing, cold sore prescription treatment and refills, acute sinus infection treatment, pregnancy testing, metabolic performance analysis, and HIV testing (and that’s not even everything!). For $15, you complete an online visit with a doctor and can get a prescription for any of the 14 birth control pills offered, the ring, or the patch-no insurance needed. Plus, you can chat with the HeyDoctor medical team anytime. The downsides: They’re only available in 24 states (check with their team to see if HeyDoctor is available where you live) and you have to go through another mail-order pharmacy to get the prescription delivered to your door. You have the option of picking it up at a pharmacy IRL too. (Related: 9 Healthy Habits That Will *Actually* Help Prevent UTIs)
The Hers site is so chill and millennial, it’ll feel like you’re shopping for leggings-not prescription meds. The purchasing process is nearly as simple too: for $30, you can choose between 10 different common, generic types of birth control pills. (They provide a list comparing the generic names to the brand names-i.e., Ocella is also Yasmin or Zarah.) They don’t take any insurance but instead charge a flat rate of $30 per month. (Which, honestly, might be worth not dealing with the usual hassle of insurance.) You can either go with a pill you’ve already been taking or consult with their independent physician for a recommendation, but both require an online medical evaluation and new prescription from a Hers doc. FYI: They don’t only deal with birth control. You can also purchase Addyi (their name for 100mg tablets flibanserin, which treat female hypoactive sexual desire disorder), prescription skin-care products, and hair-care products. Hers products available in most-but not all-states in the U.S., and the availability varies depending on what you’re ordering. (Check their full list here.)
- By Lauren Mazzo @lauren_mazzo
Contrary to what many people think, having access to birth control is about more than just being sexually liberated. With the ability to control if, how, and when we get pregnant, women have had more options in their lives beyond being a walking womb. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 62 percent of people with a uterus who are of reproductive age are currently using some form of contraception.
But even though we’ve had some version of the birth control pill since the 1960s, it is only currently available with a prescription from a doctor. For some people, that’s not a problem: They have a solid relationship with their primary care physician or OB-GYN and have no issues requesting (and then receiving) a prescription for birth control.
MORE: Your Abortion Rights Are Under Threat: What You Need to Know
Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. Not everyone is in a position—geographically or financially—to get a birth control prescription from a doctor or pick it up from a pharmacy. Luckily, there are several companies that will allow you to get (or renew) a birth control prescription. And even better: They’ll deliver it to your front door.
Here, five birth control delivery services that should be on your radar.
1. The Pill Club
Image: Courtesy Of The Pill Club.
Need a prescription for birth control? The Pill Club‘s telemedicine licensed medical providers are able to write yearlong prescriptions for Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington residents. If you live somewhere else and/or already have a prescription, you can send it in and have The Pill Club take it from there. No matter how you get your prescription—pill, patch, or ring—The Pill Club offers free delivery.
Birth control pills, starting at $15 per month without insurance at The Pill Club
2. Prjkt Ruby
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Not only does Prjkt Ruby offer free birth control consultations, but it delivers your monthly prescription to your home each month for a flat fee of $20 per month. On top of that, for each month of oral contraceptives you purchase through the company, Prjkt Ruby will donate 25 cents to support contraception access in the other parts of the world.
Birth control pills, $20 per month at Prjkt Ruby
Image: Courtesy Of Nurx.
Nurx is another option for those who aren’t able to see a doctor to get a birth control prescription in person. You just answer a few questions online to pick the option that’s right for you, then a doctor reviews it, and then it’s delivered to your house (for free).
Birth control pills, starting at $15 per month without insurance at Nurx
Image: Courtesy Of Lemonaid.
While Lemonaid offers a range of telehealth and medication home-delivery services, we’ve decided to include the company because of its birth control delivery service. For a $25 out-of-pocket fee, you can have an online doctor visit, which will cover your prescription (pills, patches, and rings are all available) for the next year. Then in a few days, your birth control of choice will be delivered to your home. The cost of the contraception depends on your individual insurance plan.
Birth control (pills, patches and rings) and online consultation, $25 at Lemonaid
5. Hey Doctor
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HeyDoctor is very similar to Lemonaid in that it offers many different medications and services, including birth control delivery. You answer a few questions online, your answers are reviewed by doctors, and then your prescription is delivered. Again, the cost of the birth control depends on your insurance, but if you don’t have insurance, HeyDoctor will work with you to find the cheapest option.
Birth control (pills, patches and rings) and online consultation, $25 at HeyDoctor
5 Services That Will Deliver Birth Control Right to Your Door | @stylecaster
Originally posted on SheKnows.
Life is too busy to wait in line for your birth control. Good news—you can skip the pharmacy and order birth control pills, the patch, and the ring online!
For a while now, you’ve been able to shop online for non-prescription methods (like condoms and emergency contraception). Now several online services are making it possible to order some prescription methods for home delivery too—all in discreet packaging, of course.
Some of these services allow you to get a prescription with an online health questionnaire or video visit with a provider, no in-person visit needed. Many of them provide free shipping and accept health insurance, meaning it could cost you $0 out of pocket. Plus, you may be able to sign up for automatic refills—so you won’t have to worry about remembering to order the next batch.
Here are nine ways to get mail-order birth control. (You can also use our “delivered to your door” search tool to see what services are available in your zip code.)
28H – Twentyeight Health
With Twentyeight Health, you can easily get a doctor’s evaluation online to get a new prescription or re-up your existing one, receive delivery at home, and ask doctors follow up questions via secure messaging. You can message the doctors anytime, before or after getting a prescription. They offer over 100+ FDA approved birth control brands.
Twentyeight Health’s mission is to increase access for all women, including women with lower incomes. They are the first & only online birth control service to accept Medicaid in NY, NJ and PA. With every delivery you receive, you are also helping a woman in need gain access to sexual & repro health services. Twentyeight donates 1% of revenues to the National Institute for Reproductive Health.
The process is simple: 1) You fill out a short online questionnaire then 2) a licensed doctor will review your info and write a prescription (or refill your existing one), and 3) Your birth control will be delivered to your door within 3 days.
If you have any medical questions, you can message a doctor directly through Twentyeight’s secure messaging system, or you can do a phone consultation. Birth control is often free with Medicaid and other types of insurance. Without insurance, it is as low as $18/month.
Cost to get a new prescription: $20.
Cost for birth control: Often $0 with Medicaid or other insurance. As low as $18/month without. Delivery is always free!
Cost for emergency contraception: $30.
Where is it available? Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
Delivery time: 2-3 days max. Next-day in many areas.
Automatic refills? Yes.
Promo code: $20 off with the code BEDSIDER28 (that means you get your consultation with a doctor for free!)
Accepts Medicaid? Yes, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
HeyDoctor is an online medical provider that can send a prescription to your local pharmacy or a mail order pharmacy—letting you get it right to your door. You don’t have to have insurance to use HeyDoctor. Once you answer a few medical questions online, they will send a new prescription or a refill to the pharmacy of your choice.
The types of birth control available through HeyDoctor are emergency contraception, the pill, the ring, the patch, and the internal condom.
Cost to get a new prescription: $15 to get a prescription for EC, the pill, the ring, or the patch. $5 to get a prescription for the internal condom. You’re paying HeyDoctor to do a quick, online health assessment and give you a prescription. You pay the pharmacy separately for the prescription.
Cost for birth control: Depends on the pharmacy you use and whether or not you use insurance.
Cost for emergency contraception: Depends on the pharmacy you use and whether or not you use insurance.
Where is it available? Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
Delivery time: The prescription is sent within hours to any pharmacy or delivery pharmacy near you, or to the mail order pharmacy of your choice.
Lemonaid Health is an online medical provider, not a pharmacy, but they work with pharmacies to get your pills delivered to you or you can pick up the pill, the patch, or the ring from a local pharmacy. The pill, ring, and patch are the only birth control methods available through Lemonaid Health. They don’t offer emergency contraception.
Here’s how it works. Go to their website or app, select birth control delivery, and answer some questions online. Then they will set you up with a video visit with a provider, which costs $25. If the provider approves birth control for you, you’ll have a prescription on the same day, and they will set you up for delivery. If they can’t prescribe birth control to you, you don’t have to pay. Best of all, if you use the promo code BEDSIDER, you’ll get $10 off an online visit with a provider.
Cost to get a new prescription: $25 for a video consultation with a provider.
Cost for birth control: Price varies. Could be free if you have insurance, could be as little as $9/pack if you don’t.
Cost for emergency contraception: Not available
Where is it available? Arizona, Arkansas (only pharmacy pick-up is available right now), California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin
Delivery time: 2-3 days for West Coast, 4-5 days for East Coast
Automatic refills? Yes, if you sign up for birth control delivery.
Nurx offers over 50 brands of birth control, including the pill, ring, patch, shot, and the morning after pill. Nurx accepts health insurance and offers options starting at $15 per month for people without health insurance. The process is simple—share information about your health history, select the medication you’re interested in (or let their medical team know you’d like help deciding which is best for you).
Once you’ve consulted with your Nurx provider and agreed on your prescription, Nurx will ship your birth control for free in discreet packaging to your home. Once you’re a Nurx patient, you also have unlimited access to their medical team for a year to ask as many questions as you’d like. In addition to birth control, Nurx also offers STI home testing, HPV home testing, and the HIV prevention medication PrEP.
Pandia Health delivers the pill, the patch, or the ring in 3-month packs to residents of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for free if you have insurance. If you have an existing prescription through your pharmacy or a health care provider, Pandia can help you set up an automated free delivery of your method.
If you’re looking for a new prescription, Pandia can provide one in California and charges $29 for a doctor’s evaluation to help you choose the right method for you. If your preferred brand of the pill, patch, or ring isn’t available, Pandia will provide you with a generic alternative. (This can be a nice lower-price option for folks whose insurance won’t cover the full price of name-brand medication.) Use the discount code PTD when you checkout at Pandia Health for $5 off your telemedicine visit.
Cost to get a new prescription: Free if you have insurance.
Cost for birth control: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Where is it available? California.
Delivery time: 2-3 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.
The Pill Club can mail you birth control pills, the patch, the ring, or emergency contraception. You can transfer your birth control prescription from your current pharmacy or have your health care provider call it in. You can also get a new prescription through The Pill Club—just complete an online questionnaire (there may be a fee if you don’t have insurance), and one of their providers will submit your prescription. If you have health insurance, your cost for birth control could be $0. There are also low-cost options for folks without insurance. The Pill Club mails you up to a three-month supply unless your insurance plan only allows for 1-month refills, in which case you’ll receive one refill pack at a time. Your birth control will arrive at your door with a little treat—because you totally deserve some chocolate for staying on top of your birth control.
Cost to get a new prescription: Free if you have insurance.
Cost for birth control: $0 with insurance, as low as $5/month without.
Cost for emergency contraception: Free with most insurance.
Where is it available? Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (but they can send your birth control anywhere in the U.S if you’re at a temporary address, like if you’re on vacation or out of town for a short period of time).
Delivery time: 2-3 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.
PillPack is a full-service online pharmacy that delivers medication separated into daily packets. If this sounds handy to you, good news—you can get your birth control pills this way! If you take other medication in pill form, PillPack can combine all your meds (including birth control) into daily packets with the date and time printed on the packaging, so it’ll be easy to realize if you missed a day.
PillPack doesn’t write new prescriptions, but you can transfer your prescription for birth control pills, the patch, or the ring from another pharmacy. They’ll send you your birth control, along with whatever other medications or vitamins you have a prescription for, every two weeks or as needed. PillPack has an iOS app for easy communication with the pharmacy. The app also allows you to schedule medication reminders.
Cost for birth control: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Cost for emergency contraception: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Where is it available? In most U.S. states, except Hawaii.
Delivery time: Delivered every 14 days. Option for next day delivery.
Automatic refills? Yes.
Planned Parenthood Direct
Can’t get to the doctor? Planned Parenthood Direct will come to you!
Now get the same high-quality care you would at a health center through the Planned Parenthood Direct app. Currently, the app lets you request a prescription for birth control pills or treatment for a urinary tract infection (UTI). You can also learn more about other birth control options such as the IUD, implant, shot, ring, and patch.
With the Planned Parenthood Direct app, you have access to low-cost pill options and in some states, where pharmacy pick up is available, most branded pill choices as well as the patch and ring.
Once you download the app and fill out your health history, an expert Planned Parenthood clinician reviews your background. They then reach out to you via the app within a business day to let you know if you are eligible for online care. Birth control pills are delivered directly to you while UTI prescriptions have to be picked up at your local pharmacy. Shipping is free and is sent in a discreet envelope.
You can request 3, 6, or 12 packs of birth control pills and sign up for automatic refills for the whole year! If eligible, you can even order enough birth control to skip some or all of your periods, which is safe and easy.
Like Nurx, PRJKT RUBY lets you order your birth control through their website without visiting a health care provider. You’ll pick from five brands of birth control pills or two types of emergency contraception, then complete an online questionnaire and health assessment. PRJKT RUBY will have a physician approve and submit your prescription. (BTW, if you’re from Virginia, Oklahoma, or Missouri, you’ll also be required to complete a video consultation.) Before you know it, your birth control will arrive in the mail. You’ll receive a three-month supply of birth control pills at a time. Bonus points: PRJKT RUBY is mail-order birth control for a good cause. For each pill pack ordered through PRJKT RUBY, they donate a month’s worth of birth control to a woman in a developing country through an international org called PSI.
Cost to get a new prescription: Free.
Cost for birth control: $20/month.
Cost for emergency contraception: $25-67 per packet.
Where is it available? In almost all U.S. states, except for North Carolina.
Delivery time: 2-3 days. Option for next-day delivery on emergency contraception (additional $30).
Automatic refills? Yes.
Simple Health prescribes birth control online and delivers it for free. The pill, the ring, and the patch are available. Just do a simple online consultation, a doctor will review your information and find the right birth control for you, then it’ll ship for free, on a recurring schedule for a year. If you already know the brand you want, you can select it in the consultation. You can communicate any questions or concerns to the doctor or support team anytime. With Simple Health, birth control is free with most insurance plans and starts at $15 per month without insurance, plus every delivery ships for free.
Cost for birth control: Free with most insurance, starts at $15 without insurance.
Cost for emergency contraception: Not available.
Where is it available? If you need a new prescription from Simple Health, you have to live in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming, but they’re expanding so for updates.
Delivery time: 1-3 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.
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There were 45 visits in which secret shoppers reported contraindications to using the Pill such as a history of blood clots or migraine with aura. In those cases, the companies followed medical guidelines 93% of the time.
How does that compare with traditional office visits? It’s a bit tricky to judge, according to Mehrotra.
“A limitation of this study is that we didn’t directly compare this with the care these same patients would’ve received at an office visit,” he said.
But, he added, based on past research, that 93% figure may actually be better than in-person care.
If that’s the case, there’s some sense to it, according to Mehrotra: A busy doctor may not always ask all the right questions, while a standardized online questionnaire would be consistent.
Still, the online approach has its shortcomings, Mehrotra added.
One concern is that women who use the services may not be aware of all the contraception options out there. Only two companies in this study offered information about long-acting contraceptives. Those include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and small implants placed under the skin of the arm; they have to be inserted by a doctor or nurse, but they are also the most effective forms of reversible birth control.
Susan Wysocki is a women’s health nurse practitioner and serves as a medical advisor to the American Sexual Health Association.
“One thing these companies could improve upon is information on long-acting reversible contraceptives,” Wysocki said.
She suggested that women who are interested in getting birth control online first do some research on all of their options, for example, through a trustworthy website like Planned Parenthood.
In general, though, women can feel comfortable getting their birth control through these services, according to Wysocki.
“Birth control pills are safe and effective when taken correctly,” she said. “But accessibility is an issue. These make reliable contraception available from the comfort of your home, and that’s a good thing.”
As for price, the study found that sites ranged widely. Most accepted health insurance, but uninsured customers would pay anywhere from $67 to $519 for a one-year prescription (including the cost of the visit). The average price tag was $313.
#CVSDeniesCare trends over plans to cut reimbursement rates for mail-order birth control
The hashtag “CVSDeniesCare” began trending on Twitter on Thursday over reports that reimbursement changes for mail-order services could threaten women’s access to birth control.
The phrase was trending nationally with more than 37,000 tweets after it was reported that CVS Caremark will be cutting reimbursement rates for customers who get birth control delivered straight to their doors.
Ilyse Hogue, the president of advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, sounded the alarm on Twitter, saying the move would make access to the prescriptions “more expensive and potentially out of reach for tens of thousands of women who for many reasons cannot get to the pharmacy every month.”
Thread: Learned this morning that CVS Caremark is cutting reimbursement rates for mail order birth control pills, making it more expensive and potentially out of reach for tens of thousands of women who for many reasons cannot get to the pharmacy every month. #CVSDeniesCare
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) August 15, 2019 ADVERTISEMENT
Hogue noted that women need birth control delivery for a variety of reasons, such as “physical challenges getting to the pharmacy, living in very rural areas, simple privacy concerns, or something else.”
“It really doesn’t matter,” Hogue wrote. “What matters is that they should not be financially punished by CVS.”
It is unclear if the changes have already gone into effect.
Pill Club, one of the startups affected by the change, said in a statement to The Hill that they aim to prescribe and deliver birth control to patients who are “particularly vulnerable,” such as women of color, young women and low-income women without insurance.
“In fact, more than half of our patients said that without Pill Club, they would likely have to stop using birth control altogether,” said Ali Hartley, vice president of legal compliance at Pill Club. “Now, CVS is choosing to deprive tens of thousands of these women of the right to make personal decisions about their own health care. We’re urging CVS to reverse course and be a leader in the fight to help women get the basic health care they need.”
Pill Club wrote in an online plea that they believe CVS “simply doesn’t understand how devastating these cuts will be to Pill Club and the women we serve. We believe they are trying to save money without knowing all of the consequences.”
The company said it “will have no choice” but to stop serving people with CVS Caremark pharmacy benefits unless they can convince the company to reverse course.
“The reality is that we would be out of business if every pharmacy manager did what CVS is doing,” Pill Club wrote online. “And thousands of women would be without the birth control they need.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for CVS Caremark said Pill Club’s claims are “extremely misleading,” adding that there was “no impact” on the company’s customers’ access to contraceptives.
“We are committed to providing access to women’s health care and it is irresponsible for Pill Club to suggest otherwise in an effort to maximize their profits at the expense of our PBM clients,” the spokesperson said.
“We remain committed to providing plan design options for our clients that includes coverage for contraceptive products, including birth control pills.” the spokesperson added.
The Hill has reached out to Nurx, another company that prescribes birth control online and ships it to their customers, to see if it would be affected.
A spokesperson for Hers, another mail-order birth control service, said the company has not been impacted by the issue.
“At Hers, we believe women should have access to affordable birth control. More than 19 million women in the U.S. report living in a contraceptive desert without access to a clinic that provides birth control, and the decision by CVS/Caremark to put up yet another hurdle to care by increasing consumer cost is unacceptable,” Hers said in a statement to The Hill. “The only path to improving the healthcare challenges in this country should be eliminating barriers such as cost, time and geography.”
Thousands of social media users took to Twitter using the hashtag “CVSDeniesCare” to criticize the company for potentially limiting access to birth control, including People for Bernie, a verified account of activists and organizers supporting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib boos Clinton at Sanders event, says ‘haters will shut up on Monday when we win’ Iowa Clinton: Sanders and supporters did not do enough to unify party in 2016 Final impeachment vote postponed to Wednesday amid internal GOP spat MORE (I-Vt.).
Twitter user @minimandel1 used the hashtag to describe how she uses birth control to prevent hospitalization every month because of an ovarian cyst burst. Her clip was viewed more than 212,000 times.
Single payer healthcare would put an end to this.
No one should be denied access to healthcare.#CVSDeniesCare https://t.co/0fgXNS4v6r
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) August 15, 2019
[email protected] is a $77 billion company run by a male-dominated Board of Directors. They have decided that tens of thousands of women who obtain birth control through Pill Club and other providers must pay more for their contraception.#CVSDeniesCare 7/
— April is in Colombia (@ReignOfApril) August 15, 2019
I work at CVS and I am tired of having to deny patient’s RX benefits over and over again due to new hoops and restrictions that arise due to the dictatorship of insurance companies over the healthcare industry. #CVSDeniesCare
— Jessica Ż (@Jess4Bernie) August 15, 2019
CVS has decided to deprive tens of thousands of women of the right to make personal health care decisions. A male-dominated Board of Directors has chosen profit over patients by denying women access to birth control.
Today, we hold CVS accountable by trending #CVSDeniesCare.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) August 15, 2019
I have been a @cvspharmacy customer for my entire adult life.
It is HIGHLY disappointing that they are about to begin denying care and coverage to so many of their customers with disabilities who can’t come in to the pharmacy.
They can fix this right away.#CVSDeniesCare
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 15, 2019
I depend on birth control delivered to my home. CVS Caremark is planning to take birth control away from women, especially those who may have disabilities and can’t make it to a pharmacy. It is completely wrong. Please don’t deny care to women for [email protected] #CVSdeniesCare pic.twitter.com/PIi7caPuCn
— Leah (@leahdii) August 15, 2019
Updated Aug. 16 at 3:00 p.m.