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Clearing up the health care confusion

Posted at 7:22 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 22:22:28-04

The future of healthcare is up in the air right now. There are already plans in place to repeal and replace Obamacare. Regardless of where you fall on that issue, it is causing a lot of confusion, so we want to help clear things up.

Now that the House has passed the American Health Care Act, it has some people taking a closer look at their healthcare.

"I have seen an increase in people coming in and asking about how much an IUD, for example, would cost and how much services cost and showing a lot more interest in getting ready for what happens next," Project Manager with Planned Parenthood, Rosita Castillo, said.

That's the same trend happening all over the country. Planned Parenthood representatives say they have seen a 900% increase in IUD's since the election. They say some patients are calling it Trump-Proof. It's a birth control option that can last through the next two presidential elections.

"It's long term, and for people who are struggling with birth control, month by month, who can't afford their pills or can't afford the short-term now they're thinking if I can get an IUD I'll be safe for ten years," Castillo said. 

Right now, the Affordable Care Act includes co-pay free birth control. But, as it stands right now, the American Health Care Act includes that same coverage. 

The future of Planned Parenthood is another story.

"I'm trying to book all of my appointments as fast as I can and get everything out of the way because you never know what's going to happen," Brittney Sword told us. 

This new bill would restrict funding to organizations that provide abortions, and Planned Parenthood would fall under that category. 

The American Health Care Act still needs to be approved by the Senate before any changes are implemented. Until that happens, the Affordable Care Act is still in effect.