Amica M, St. Louis

Amica has been on Medicaid for 10 years and has noticed a decline in the kind of coverage she is able to receive over the years. After the birth of her son three months ago, Amica wanted to get on birth control. After doing research, she decided having a birth control implant was best for her. She made the appointment with her doctor to have it inserted but when she got there, she was surprised to hear that her insurance would not cover it because this form of birth control was not in stock in the office. Amica felt pressured to choose a different form of birth control that she was not originally interested in and hadn’t done extensive research on yet. Rather than many years of protection from pregnancy, she had to choose a form of birth control that would only prevent pregnancy for up to three months which inevitably means many more doctor’s appointments for Amica in the future.

As Amica states, “it shouldn’t be this way, there should be more options to choose from. There are risk factors involved in the birth control I am now on that I am worried about. No one told me the birth control I wanted wouldn’t be covered until I was sitting in the doctor’s office. I wish there was a way for me to know before I was at my appointment. I felt surprised and pressured to choose something I didn’t want just because of Medicaid confusion”. Had her Medicaid covered the medication she wanted, Amica could have received what she actually wanted instead of having to guess at a serious health choice on the spot.