Mandatory coverage for birth control under all private health insurance plans.

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Birth control is one of the most commonly used medications among Canadian women. According to Statistics Canada, 75% of women will have taken birth control at one point in their lives. The average age of a women giving birth in Canada is now 30, which means women spend a lot of their lives trying not to get pregnant, and this is usually through the use of some form of birth control or contraceptive. Yet there are still many private health insurance plans from companies such as Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Claim Secure and others that do not cover the cost of birth control for women or only provide coverage through enhanced plans which cost more money. This allows employers, schools and other organizations to negotiate with insurance companies for one of these cheaper plans which excludes coverage of birth control. 

Companies should not be allowed to use something so essential to the health and well-being of so many Canadian women as a cost saving tool. 

I am calling on our Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor, our Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef and the Canadian government to create regulations that would require all private insurance companies in Canada to change their plans to provide mandatory coverage for birth control and all other forms of prescription contraceptives.