New Penn Contraceptives-and-The-ACA Study Gets Wide Media Pickup

New Penn Contraceptives-and-The-ACA Study Gets Wide Media Pickup

Story Tweeted Out By White House

LDI Fellow Nora Becker and Senior Fellow Daniel Polsky's new study of the effect of the ACA's Contraceptive mandate on out-of-pocket costs for women is the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Huffington Post and a number of other media outlets across the country. The item was also tweeted out by the White House  (See the Storify stream of Twitter traffic).


Nora Becker and Daniel Polsky

The study, "Women Saw Large Decrease in Out-of-Pocket Spending for Contraceptives After ACA Mandate Removed Cost Sharing," was originally published in Health Affairs earlier this week.

First of its kind
The work was the first comprehensive analysis of the financial impact of the ACA mandate that requires health plans to cover contraceptives without cost sharing. In the category of birth control pills alone, it found that women's approximate savings were $1.4 billion a year.

The study is also the subject of an LDI Blog post that explains its findings in a broader national policy context.

Nora Becker is a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Health Care Management student who will receive her PhD next month. Polsky, PhD, MPP, is the Executive Director of Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and a Professor of both Health Care Management at the Wharton School and Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Other media coverage of the study can be found at CNBC, PBS/Kaiser News, US News & World Report,, Washington Post, NPR, UPI, Marie Claire, MSNBC, Jezebel, Mother Jones, The Hill, Slate and Think Progress.