Paying cash for birth control pills? They could run you $9 to $112

Summary: Paying out-of-pocket 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 mandate […]

Buying birth-control pills (and other medications) online and overseas

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

People trying to save money on birth-control pills 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 pills […]

Free birth control. Really? Well, sort of. And sort of not.

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 ACA’s preventive […]

Birth-control pills: What’s in a name? Oh, and what do they cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Birth-control pills: What’s in a name? Oh, and what do they cost?

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 here (how […]

What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

As we wrote in an earlier blog post, 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 independent guys. The same is true […]

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

Q: How much do birth-control pills cost? A: $9 to $63, or $68 to $112.

(Updated 2018) Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance or not, there are a few things you need to know about how pricing works, and where you’ll pay a lot or a little. It’s different depending on your insurance, on your […]

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

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

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 start taking […]

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what does a […]