Reproductive and sexual health is an integral component of women's general health and well-being. The ACA has afforded more women the opportunity to seek and obtain reproductive health care by expanding access to Medicaid and affordable coverage. In addition, the law requires than plans cover a broad range of recommended preventive services including contraceptive care and STI screening services without cost sharing, critical elements of women's health care. Plans were required to offer no-cost coverage for prescription contraceptives to women with private insurance starting in August 2012. Coverage for other preventive services, such as counseling and testing for STIs, are also now required benefits in private insurance plans and covered by Medicaid in most states. Women have a choice of providers, and while most seek care at private doctors' offices, a substantial share go to clinics that are Medicaid participating providers such as community health centers and Planned Parenthood clinics for their reproductive and sexual health care. This brief presents selected findings from the 2017 Kaiser Women's Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of women conducted in the summer and fall of 2017. The survey also covered a wide range of topics related to women's coverage, use, access, and experiences with the health care system. This brief presents survey findings on coverage and use of reproductive and sexual health services among women ages 18 to 44 years old. The data presented is from the newest 2017 survey, but some findings presented in this brief include trends from earlier surveys that the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted in 2004, 2008, and 2013.
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