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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I see everyone jumping on the support for this. Does anyone know if healthcare insurance covers over-the-counter meds? I can tell you that mine doesn't. A few years ago, a prescription drug that I take for allergies went over the counter. Now, I have to pay for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I don't see why it couldn't be both? Many other countries already offer it over the counter and we are lagging. Also from what I understand, even Planned Parenthood now mandates that young women provide insurance info as its now required so its chasing young girls away since their parents then find out. I know when I was a teen, one could go there and pay cash and get an exam and BC. I have had several of my kids friends say now they no longer do and they wont go because its embarrassing for them and they don't want parents to know. Its funny it used to be everyone wanted it OTC and now its somehow become partisan?

    "In November 2012 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorsed making the pill available without a prescription. Only this year, however, has the proposal become a hot political issue."



    An over-the-counter birth control fight - BBC News
    I lean towards making it available OTC AND covered by insurance if there's a way to do both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    No I am noting the woman that gets the blood clot, has a stroke is going to sue big time... ... because she did not bother to read the warnings.

    As you said Acetaminophine makers have been sued even though people Got Drunk while taking it, and their livers died... Just making an observation.
    I'm not all that worried about the pharmaceutical companies from a litigation standpoint. They're pretty-well insulated provided the proper warnings are included on the packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    I see everyone jumping on the support for this. Does anyone know if healthcare insurance covers over-the-counter meds? I can tell you that mine doesn't. A few years ago, a prescription drug that I take for allergies went over the counter. Now, I have to pay for it.
    Sorry to quibble, but you always paid for it. You just pay for it a different way now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    Sorry to quibble, but you always paid for it. You just pay for it a different way now.
    No, when it was prescription, I paid $20. When it went over the counter, I paid $54. Pretty big difference. My insurance premiums certainly did not go down because they made it OTC.

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    I dunno. Women who smoke should not take the pill after age 30. I worry that without a doctor to guide them, they won't give them up. I guess with enough education, this would be okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I dunno. Women who smoke should not take the pill after age 30. I worry that without a doctor to guide them, they won't give them up. I guess with enough education, this would be okay.
    I suppose its a gray area but women who smoke also tend to have more problems during pregnancy, so its kind of a ying yang thing. Is it more dangerous to take the pill and prevent a high risk pregnancy or endure the pregnancy? Don't really know the answer. But I do know I would rather make birth control easier and have fewer abortions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    No, when it was prescription, I paid $20. When it went over the counter, I paid $54. Pretty big difference. My insurance premiums certainly did not go down because they made it OTC.
    Then yes, you're paying more for it now, than before (and I'm sorry for that). I just take note when people speak of prescription & medical care being "free" when they have insurance, because the disconnect between the actual cost and HOW it's paid for is a big part of the problem in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    A group of Senators have now signed onto Cory Gardners (R-CO) new bill that will allow for birth control pills to be sold over the counter without prescription or having to see a doctor, similar to the controversial "morning after pill." Doctors favored this up until last year and now are playing politics. BBC news says the US is still selling birth control pills "stubbornly" behind pharmacist walls.

    What do you think?

    An over-the-counter birth control fight - BBC News
    Sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    No, when it was prescription, I paid $20. When it went over the counter, I paid $54. Pretty big difference. My insurance premiums certainly did not go down because they made it OTC.
    We have also had to pay more than we did prior. It's a way for in the insurance companies to push people into getting the generic drugs and keeping costs down. We received a letter stating that we had to have our doctor's sign off on the Name Brand drug otherwise, we had to go with the generic.

    Our costs for everything medical has gone up slowly but surely over the last 5 to 6 years.

    BTW, with some precautions in place, I think OTC BC is a good idea.
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