In early October, the Trump administration announced it would allow a broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives on religious or moral grounds. In a letter distributed to employees and students, Notre Dame said it would stop providing birth control coverage at the end of the year. Then, the university reversed its decision, noting that it employs people who are not Catholic. In an op-ed published in The Lily, Notre Dame Alumni and COO of United State of Women Jordan Brooks argues that this causes confusion for the students and employees at Notre Dame and highlights that despite the chaos, women can take advantage of preventive services available now.
The first step to accessing this range of services is to sign up for health insurance during open enrollment at healthcare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. After you’ve enrolled, schedule your 2018 well-woman visit to speak with your doctor about what preventive services are right for you.
Check out Jordan Brook’s full op-ed on The Lily here.