Know your rights: Reproductive health care

Know your rights: Reproductive health care

Reproductive health care, including access to birth control and safe and legal abortion care, is an essential part of your health and well-being. While Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion remains legal in many states, and other reproductive health care services are protected by law. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to providing you with accurate and up-to-date information about access to and coverage of reproductive health care and resources. Our aim is to ensure you have the right information and support.

Your reproductive rights:

Below you’ll find information about your right to access care and get it covered by insurance or other health care coverage if you have it, where to go if you don’t have coverage, and how to get information if you don’t know.

Most health coverage—whether you have public (eg, Medicaid) or private health coverage (eg, coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or through your employer)—covers family planning counseling, birth control, and other preventive services at no cost to you.

Your right to birth control

Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide you with birth control and family planning counseling at no extra cost. This includes:

  • Hormonal methods, such as birth control pills and vaginal rings
  • Implanted devices, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Emergency contraception, such as Plan B® and ella®
  • Barrier methods such as baffles and sponges
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Sterilization procedures

To learn more about contraceptive coverage requirements for different types of health plans, visit here.


Your right to access abortion services

After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, access to abortion will depend on where you live even more than before.

  • Medical abortion has been approved by the FDA since 2000 as a safe and effective option. Federal regulation allows medication abortion to be administered via telehealth and by mail through certified prescribers and pharmacies, in addition to in-person administration at clinics, medical offices, and hospitals.
  • Under federal law, Medicaid will only cover abortion services in cases of rape, incest, or if the patient’s life is in danger.
  • If you need help paying for an abortion, abortion funds may be able to provide financial help. Information about abortion funds and resources for help is available at AbortionFinder.org.
  • If you need information about your state’s laws or legal help, you may want to consider this website: AbortionFinder.org

Your right to access other preventive health services

By law, you have the right to access other preventive health services at no out-of-pocket cost under most health insurance plans. Most health insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive health services, such as:

  • Well-woman visits to check your health at any time, including Pap smears, breast exams and regular check-ups
  • Counseling and screening services
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Antenatal care, which is the care you would receive while you are pregnant
  • Breastfeeding services and supplies
  • Interpersonal violence screening and counseling (eg sexual assault screening tests)
  • HIV testing and STI counseling

If you do not have health insurance coverage


HHS Complaints

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discriminatory restrictions on access to health care. If you believe that your or another person’s civil rights or health information privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with HHS here.

Urgent Care:

The Emergency Medical Care and Employment Act (EMTALA) requires that, for every person who presents to the hospital with a medical emergency, the hospital must provide you with the emergency care necessary to save your life, including care for abortion.

Patient privacy:

Understand your rights to protect your personal medical information under federal law. If you believe your privacy has been violated, please visit: How to File a HIPAA Complaint to file a complaint.

Visit ReproductiveRights.gov to learn more about your rights and available federal resources.

Get the facts on:

  • Types of birth control and whether it is covered by your insurance
  • Where you can go to access reproductive and preventive health care
  • Your rights to coverage based on your health coverage (eg, Medicaid, employer-based)
  • Clinics where you can get free or low-cost birth control and other reproductive health services.

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