Tell your employers, tell your friends. Get the benefits you need at work.

Tell your employers, tell your friends. It's benefits season—the time of year when those of us with corporate jobs sign up for insurance coverage through our employers. That, coupled with the Trump administration's recent moves to roll back an Obama-era requirement that employers provide FDA-approved contraception at no cost, means this is the perfect time to remind employers of the benefits you need.

Planned Parenthood is kicking off Fight for Birth Control, a national public awareness campaign to encourage women to do just that. Here's how to take part:

1. Employee engagement

The primary focus of the campaign is to educate the public and provide people with the tools and resources they need to have a conversation with their employers. The website contains an "employee toolkit" filled with information about current U.S. health care policies, as well as tips for women on how to ensure that they will keep their birth control coverage regardless of the status of the mandate.

2. Employer engagement

As part of the campaign, Planned Parenthood is launching #BusinessForBC, urging employers to publicly commit to providing their employees with coverage. The non-profit says it has "commitments from corporations across sectors including health, finance, tech, fashion, and entertainment" that they will continue to pay for employees' contraception. While the organization declines to name the employers that it is working with, PP president Cecile Richards tells me Kodak is a prime example of how companies can take a stand and provide an example for their peers.

3. Political accountability

The final piece of the puzzle is holding politicians' feet to the fire. Through the Fight For Birth Control website, women can share their stories about why they need birth control directly with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The site also has names and photos of legislators who have taken public stances that are at odds with women's health. Fortune
Broadsheet. October 27, 2017


October 29, 2017
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