Affordable Care Act is another threat to Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, currently in the crosshairs of Congressional Republicans, also is losing business due to the Affordable Care Act. Uninsured women previously relied on Planned Parenthood for cheaper birth control, abortions and other reproductive healthcare necessities--but now the organization is losing clients thanks to the healthcare law's coverage, according to data provided to Reuters. Lori Carpentier, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, tells Reuters it expects to treat 58,000 patients in 2015, which is down about 15 percent from the 68,000 it treated in fiscal year 2012, right before major provisions of the ACA went into effect. When the ACA took full effect in 2014, the organization served 2.68 million patients nationwide, down from 2.84 million a year earlier. But some declines are positive, considering that the abortion rate is down, and the ACA has increased contraceptive coverage. Article

 

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