Startup Gives Free Birth Control In Response to Controversial Pushback

Earlier this month, the administration rolled back the ACA mandate that required the full cost of birth control to be covered by insurance. Under Trump’s agenda, employers can opt out of providing this coverage for “religious” or even “moral” reasons, impacting hundreds of thousands of women.

Nurx, makers of the birth control app, are offering new users up to two months of free birth control with the promo code ‘CHECKYOURFACTS’ today until the end of the year. The telemedicine start-up and mobile health platform makes birth control and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) more accessible to everyone through partnerships with physicians and in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 (HIPPA).

Recently, anti-abortion activists have become increasingly vocal against Nurx’s expansion into conservative states. The attacks have been made specifically to the app’s ability to prescribe emergency contraceptives to minors without a parent’s consent.

NC Coalition for life said in a statement “Nurx is dangerous, because it provides another way for children under the age of 18 to obtain contraceptives without the knowledge or consent of their parents.” However, Nurx defers to state laws surrounding minimum age for birth control prescriptions which in some states is 12 years of age.

This recent expansion falls in line with Nurx’s mission to provide safe, affordable and increased access to contraceptives and emergency contraceptives.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention credited increased access to low-cost services as a contributing factor to the overall decline in teen and unintended pregnancy rates nationwide. But according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, more than 19.7 million females ages 13 to 44 reside in “contraceptive deserts” and lack reasonable access to public clinics that provide birth control. This is defined areas with at least one clinic or provider for every 1,000 women.

“Research shows that the easier and more affordable birth control is, the more women will use it,” said Dr. Edvard Engesaeth, co-founder of Nurx. “Individuals should not have to jump through unnecessary hoops in order to access care. With Nurx, we are changing the way birth control is issued and accessed and allowing women to get the care they need on their own terms.”

New users will receive a $30 credit or two months of no-cost birth control with the promo code. After choosing their birth control brand and type, users answer a few questions and enter their shipping and insurance information for a licensed physician to review. Once the review is complete, the doctor will issue and fill the prescription, which will be delivered on-time and at no additional cost. The promo code ‘CHECKYOURFACTS’ can be entered during checkout until 11:59 PM (PT) on December 31st, 2017.

To download Nurx on Apple and Android devices, visit nurx.com. For more information, follow @NurxApp on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Startup Launches Uber for Birth Control

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SAN FRANCISCO – Nurx, a health technology startup based in San Francisco, recently released a web-based birth control delivery app, allowing women in California to get a prescription for their birth control and have it delivered right to their door within 48 hours at no cost to the end-user.

In more than 100 countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, in the United States, the process is a much more complicated and burdensome process. Each year in the United States, there are about three million unintended pregnancies. This motivated founders Hans Gangeskar and Dr. Edvard Engesaeth to launch Nurx, making the process easier for women today.

“Research shows that the easier and more affordable birth control is, the more women will use it. Women should not have to jump through these unnecessary hoops, just to access birth control. With Nurx, we are changing this, and allowing women to access their birth control on their own terms.” says Engesaeth a medical doctor and cofounder of Nurx.

The Nurx app works for both new and existing birth control users and the service and shipping are free to anyone with health care. For uninsured patients, Nurx waives the consultation fee, the delivery is still free, and Nurx can connect the user with generic birth control brands for about $15.

The data is stored in a HIPAA-compliant system and forwarded to one of three doctors who review it, typically later that day. – CNN Money on Nurex

“Each user is shipped a three month-supply of their order, making the process more convenient for the user. In many markets, users are also able to receive their order on the same day. Unlike with similar apps, with Nurx, patients can use their insurance to cover their contraceptives, rather than being forced to pay cash,” explains Gangeskar.

How the App Works:

  1. User Chooses Brand – The user selects their brand, answers a few questions, enters their insurance and shipping info.

  2. Doctor Reviews Submission – a Nurx partner physician reviews the request and writes a prescription.

  3. Delivered to Customer – The prescribed medication is delivered at no cost.

In addition to making birth control more accessible, soon, Nurx will also allow users to request PrEP through the app. PrEP (short for Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a daily pill (Truvada) to reduce their chances of infection. Studies have shown Truvada for PrEP to be up to 99% effective in preventing transmission of the virus.

Each year, about 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV. “Unfortunately, awareness about, and access to this revolutionary drug is still a problem. By making Truvada more accessible through our app, we hope to change the game in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.” says Nurx co-founder and CEO, Hans Gangeskar.

The Nurx app was launched in December 2015 and has received substantial praise for making contraception more accessible for women. According to MTV News, Nurx is “The gift we’ve all been waiting for”, and Bustle says, “This will be your favorite app in 2016.” TeenVogue says, “Nurx is essentially like Seamless or 1-800-CONTACTS for your reproductive organs.” And according to Elle Magazine, Nurx is a “game-changer.”

To learn more about Nurx, visit Nurx.com.

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