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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    I believe both can be done. I think its pseudophenephrine (?) that is paid for by insurance but one can also get it OTC without prescription. That way if one has and wants to use insurance they can do so, but if not its cash OTC.
    Since the teenager usually has little to no income they should quality for it to be paid for. They should be able to go to a free clinic and get them free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    Since the teenager usually has little to no income they should quality for it to be paid for. They should be able to go to a free clinic and get them free.
    A teenager should not be allowed to purchase it without a parent or guardian.

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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.
    Furnish the free clinic with birth control pills and make the woman see a doctor who then hands her the appropriate pills. Most clinics have a fair amount of select drugs already, just up their supply of birth control pills to meet demand. It's not going to cost a dime because we already know that providing them will save the taxpayer money. It is a win win situation for both the woman who wants to be on them and the taxpayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I lean towards making it available OTC AND covered by insurance if there's a way to do both.
    Or free of charge if the person does not have the money to pay for it. It is stupid for any woman to not have birth control if she wants it, it saves the taxpayer about 5 bucks for every dollar we spend furnishing them free. That is simple fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Problem with that is teens. I know so many parents who refuse to allow their daughters to use birth control. Several ended up pregnant. At least having this choice OTC, they would be able to purchase the pill without permission from their parents and use it for prevention. The morning after pill has no age restrictions but it shouldn't be used all the time as birth control.
    Its not necessarily permission. Its access if you're over 18 but in college and on your parents health insurance policy.

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    Why are BC pills the only hormonal therapy drug being considered for OTC sales in the US?

    I haven't yet gotten a rational response to that question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    Since the teenager usually has little to no income they should quality for it to be paid for. They should be able to go to a free clinic and get them free.
    Problem is many free clinics are going out of business since everyone is now required to be insured. Most have merged into local hospitals and doctors offices.

    Life after Obamacare: Free clinics fight to survive

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Why are BC pills the only hormonal therapy drug being considered for OTC sales in the US?

    I haven't yet gotten a rational response to that question.
    Isn't Plan B, as well? Thought I read that it was offered OTC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Problem is many free clinics are going out of business since everyone is now required to be insured. Most have merged into local hospitals and doctors offices.

    Life after Obamacare: Free clinics fight to survive

    Good. The existence of free clinics is a symptom of a serious deficiency in our health-care provision system. We need to continue to work toward bringing our health-care provision model in the US up to 21st century standards. PPACA was a tiny baby step in the right direction.

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