Paying cash for birth control pills? Prices can vary

Paying cash for birth control pills? Prices can vary

(Updated 2022) Paying cash for birth control pills isn’t uncommon. Maybe you’re uninsured, or your plan is “grandfathered.” Maybe you buy a pill that’s not covered on your insurance company’s list of preferred or approved drugs. Or maybe you work for Hobby Lobby or one of the nearly 80 other companies likely to opt-out of the Affordable Care Act contraception […]

How much do birth-control pills cost? Some shopping tips

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SUMMARY: How much do birth-control pills cost? Well, that depends. Click on our cool interactive map at the right and take a look. Keep reading for more tips and advice, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for […]

Buying medications across the border and online

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Buying medications across the border and online

(Updated 2022) People trying to save money on prescriptions and other medications may look at online pharmacies — or at buying overseas (or across the border). Online pharmacies — to use, or not to use? We thought online pharmacies might be an important player. But most of the women we spoke with about buying birth-control […]

The new birth control law: Is it really free?

The new birth control law: Is it really free?

(Updated 2022) Free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Really? For everyone? Well, maybe not. You might  have to wait until 2014. The Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that preventive services should be free went into effect in August 2012, and many  women were ready to pick up their free birth control. Indeed, the […]

Birth control pills: Sorting kinds and costs

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Birth control pills: Sorting kinds and costs

(Updated 2022) Birth-control pills come in what looks like a bewildering collection of names for the lay person. Tri-Sprintec, Tri-Lo-Sprintec? Why do some have 21, 24, 28 in their names? Yikes. And … what do they cost? Here’s a handbook on birth-control pill types. For further price information, see our preceding posts about birth-control pricing […]

Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

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Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

(Updated 2022) As we wrote in an earlier blog post on birth control prices, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little […]

How much is birth control? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

How much is birth control? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

(Updated 2022) Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re free if covered by your insurance — but they can also be much more expensive on cash (we saw $184 for one). They can actually in some cases be more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are […]

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

Generic birth-control pills: $4 or $10? Or $9? Or $50?

(Updated 2022) The marketplace for birth-control pills is pretty interesting, and it seems to change by the day. A woman we know who takes Ortho Tricyclen Lo got this letter  not long ago from her insurance company, encouraging her to stop taking the brand-name pill (for which she has a $50-a-month copay) and to instead […]