#CVSDeniesCare: CVS cuts spark concerns over birth control access

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CVS is facing immense backlash on social media after it was revealed that CVS Caremark, its prescription management service, is reportedly cutting reimbursement rates for mail-order birth control providers serving women who are unable to easily get birth control. 

Ilyse Hogue, president of pro-choice organization National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), shared the update on Twitter on Thursday morning. 

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Hogue wrote the cutback on reimbursement rates is “making [birth control pills] more expensive and potentially out of reach for tens of thousands of women who for many reasons cannot get to the pharmacy every month.”

“Women need birth control delivered for many reasons—physical challenges getting to the pharmacy, living in very rural areas, simple privacy concerns, or something else—it really doesn’t matter,” Hogue wrote in a follow-up tweet. “What matters is that they should not be financially punished by CVS.”

Pill Club, a startup that does birth control delivery, took the fight online, sparking #CVSDeniesCare and #BoycottCVS.

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Hogue also pointed out that CVS Healthcare PAC is donating to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

“Trump and Pence have already made birth control harder to get and a little digging shows that CVS Health Pac is a big giver to Trump’s reelection campaign and to GOP electeds who have voted time after time to limit women’s reproductive freedom,” Hogue tweeted. “Shame on CVS.”

Many pointed out that only four of CVS’ 16 board members are female.

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