This bill requires the Secretary of Defense to ensure that all military treatment facilities have a sufficient supply of birth control (various types) within 180 days of this legislation’s enactment. Birth control would be covered under the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program and would be available to female servicemembers with no co-pay.
Healthcare providers would be given guidelines based on best practices for counseling patients on the various types of birth control that would be available. The broad range of contraceptive methods that would be made available would be based on recommendations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Office of Population Affairs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This bill would also establish a family planning curriculum that would be made available to all members of the Armed Forces, male and female.
Members of the military who have been sexually assaulted would also be offered counseling by a military healthcare provider who would describe options for emergency contraception and any necessary follow-up care. Information provided by the healthcare provider, whether provided verbally or in writing, should be comprehensive, free of bias, and medically accurate.