Next Step for Menstrual Equality: REAL Coverage
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Dear Mrs. Grace Meng,
We want to say THANK YOU for Menstrual Equality. We truly appreciate this step towards women's healthcare. However, we would be remiss if we did not ask for an additional impact or what we consider the next step in Menstrual Equality.
As women, WE do not get a choice on whether or not we get our menses. It just comes-Somewhere between girl and woman, grade school and high school, fun and responsibility. Like many other women, I do not recall throwing 'it' a coming out party, the menses went home, I cleaned up and I didn't have to celebrate it for another year. More like every (28) days- if you're regular- and depending on your cycle, Aunt Flo can stay anywhere from 2 to 11 plus days. Not quite the party we were hoping for.....
Let's get to the point....The Menstrual Equality legislation only has a pre-tax benefit from an employer or independent health plan. When we are in need of menstrual products, we are STILL paying TAX in some states and FULL PRICE for these products barring a coupon. So let's do the math:
Tampon Pearls Regular Plastic Tampons 200 Count from Wal-mart is $37.08 USD
If a woman changes her tampon every four hours, she uses (6) tampons a day. If the menstrual cycle lasts (5) days, that's (30) tampons a menstrual cycle. This particular box- negating any emergency changes- would last a little over (6) months. So this means that the amount needed to meet a HSA/FSA for this expenditure is $74.16 a year. That's an approximate average pre-tax savings of $17 over a year's time. SEVENTEEN DOLLARS......or $1.42 per month.....
This is our request.....Please consider legislation where certain items for menstruation would be covered under HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. These items would be reusable menstrual products and we feel the rate of coverage should be 60/40 where the insurance provider would pay 60% and the insured would pay 40% of the cost. Such items would include:
- Reusable Period Underwear
- Reusable Menstrual Cups
- Reusable Sanitary Napkins
- And Other Reusable items for menstruation
Not only is this option good for the environment, but it could be a game changer in women's health. It would also help make these products more main streamed and available as well as create awareness for everyone that these products exist. The best part is that this would allow options to disposable tampons and sanitary napkins which, often contain toxic contaminants as odor neutralizers and fragrances leading to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.
Mrs. Meng, again thank you for the start on Menstrual Equality. We would be HONORED if you championed this cause and moved Menstrual Equality one step further. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Former Menstruating and Menstruating Women
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