Monthly Monitor: October 2014

Election Day is around the corner

Your vote matters

Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day, and that means that it’s your chance to exercise your right to vote. Polls are open statewide from 6am – 7pm, so make a plan and vote.

Open Enrollment

As we get ready to head into the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, millions of women, young people, and families are benefitting.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance is now more affordable than ever. There are new tax credits available that lower consumers’ monthly premiums and some consumers will qualify for additional benefits that will lower their co-pays, deductibles, and max-out-of-pocket costs. In addition, there are new protections that guarantee that people can no longer be charged more due to pre-existing conditions or their gender.

The second Open Enrollment period is just around the corner and runs from November 15th through February 15th.

Interested in checking out whether you or someone you know can get more affordable health insurance? You are in luck! Planned Parenthood can help. We are a member of the Cover Missouri coalition and you can go to to find certified local assisters near you!

In the Kansas City area, please contact Erin Heger at for more information regarding ACA outreach and education opportunities or to learn more about how to get enrolled starting November 15.

In the St. Louis Metro area, you can schedule your free appointment with a certified Planned Parenthood assister by calling 314-531-7526 ext. 347. Planned Parenthood assisters can help you submit your application, understand what financial help you are eligible for, and walk through the different plans and networks so that you can enroll in a plan that meets both your health and financial needs.

Birth control is free!

Under the Affordable Care Act insurance is now more affordable, and the insurance that you are buying covers more. While everyone has access to free preventive care, women’s access to care without co-pays has dramatically increased.

Historically, women have had to pay disproportionately more for their health care than men. The Affordable Care Act’s preventive benefit is helping to bring that discrimination to an end.

The Affordable Care act now requires plans to cover the full range of contraceptive methods without co-pays. This means that women now have access to all methods of birth control with no copay and at no cost to them.

Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 1 in 3 women reported struggling to afford contraception and nearly half of all women reported experiencing a time when they could not afford to use birth control consistently.

It is your support that drives us to fight for reproductive rights and allows us to provide vital health services to those in our community. Help be there for women, men, and teens in our community by making a tax-deductible donation. DONATE


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