A WINNING CASE FOR CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE IN THE UNITED STATES: The Guttmacher Institute played a pivotal role in bringing about a new federal policy - which began to take effect in late 2012 - requiring most health plans to cover contraceptive methods without co-pays or deductibles. It was Guttmacher research, published nearly two decades ago, that first drew the public's attention to "uneven and unequal" coverage of contraception in private insurance plans. Since that time the Institute has continued to bring new evidence to the table, showing that insurance coverage of contraceptive services and supplies without cost-sharing is a low-cost—or even cost-saving—means of helping women use contraceptives more effectively. In the last three years, our evidence and advocacy played an essential role in paving the way for the new coverage mandate, and in helping ensure that it is implemented in a way that benefits as many women as possible. Across the country, many women are already finding that they can - for the first time - obtain the method of their choice without paying a cent out-of-pocket. As more and more women learn about this critical new benefit, the effects are likely to be dramatic.