SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 12/25/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Nurx is offering free birth control to new users. Nurx is a telemedicine startup, based in San Francisco, focusing on making Truvada for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) as well as birth control more accessible to everyone through their app. With the app, users can get a prescription from a doctor and have their medication delivered right to their door. The app is currently available in California, New York, Washington state, and Washington, DC.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare’, requires health plans to cover at least one form of the 18 FDA-approved contraceptives. This coverage provides birth control to women without any outside costs. President-elect Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he intends to repeal Obamacare.
More recently, Trump has indicated that his administration might keep certain provisions of the ACA, such as outlawing insurers from refusing to cover people with preexisting medical problems, and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has not indicated whether he wants to keep the birth control mandate, and his cabinet appointments have indicated Trump plans to do away with it.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence has signaled that the Trump administration might repeal the birth control mandate, which he views as “anti-Christian.” Donald Trump also recently selected Congressman Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has said in the past that the contraception mandate is “trampling on religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.”
“Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that would mean that millions of women would lose access to free birth control, says co-founder and CEO of Nurx, Hans Gangeskar. “This motivated us to figure out a way to help make contraception even more accessible.”
Using the promo code ‘DonaldTrump’, new users will get $45 of credit towards birth control through Nurx. To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code in ‘DonaldTrump’ in checkout.
Access to Birth Control
Research shows that the more accessible and more affordable birth control is, the more women will use it. 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 much more complicated and burdensome. Each year in the US, there are about three million unintended pregnancies, and lack of access to contraception is one of the major reasons for this.
According to Nurx’s Medical Director, Dr. Jessica Knox, “Women should not have to jump through unnecessary hoops just to access birth control. The pill remains available by prescription only throughout the United States today, but with our app, we’re making birth control more accessible than ever.”
How the App Works for Birth Control:
User Chooses Brand – The user selects their brand, answers a few questions, enters their insurance and shipping info.
Doctor Reviews Submission – a Nurx partner physician reviews the request and writes a prescription.
Delivered to Customer – The prescribed medication is delivered right to the user’s door.
The app works for both new and existing birth control users and the service and shipping are often free to anyone with health care coverage. For uninsured patients, Nurx waives the consultation fee. The delivery is still free and Nurx can connect the user with some brands for as low as $15.
“Women should be able to access birth control on their own terms,” explains Dr. Edvard Engesaeth, a medical doctor and cofounder of Nurx. “Unlike with other apps, with Nurx, patients can use their insurance to cover their contraceptives, rather than being forced to pay cash.”
Truvada for PrEP Through Nurx
A recent report in the Oxford Journal found PrEP to be as safe as taking Aspirin, however, access to this revolutionary drug is a problem for many at-risk people today. According to the CDC, 1.2 million people should be on Truvada, yet as of 2015, only 21,000 were on the drug.
Federal health officials estimate that about one third of primary care doctors and nurses are actually unaware of Truvada, further impeding access to the drug. “Unfortunately, access is still a major problem for many who need and want to be on PrEP. We are changing the game in the fight against HIV by making PrEP more accessible through our app,” said Jayne Gagliano, PrEP Services Coordinator at Nurx.
4 Steps to PrEP With Nurx:
Health Questions: Answer a few questions, enter your insurance, and shipping information.
Lab Testing: Get tested at one of hundreds of locations in your state. It only takes about 15 mins.
Delivered to Your Door: Your prescription is delivered on-time, and at no extra cost.
Follow Up Care: Stay in touch with our doctor using our app.
Nurx is a telemedicine startup based in San Francisco, CA, focusing on making Truvada for PrEP and birth control more accessible to everyone through their app. With the app, users can get a prescription from a doctor and have their medication delivered right to their door. The app is currently available in California, New York, Washington state, and Washington, DC. Nurx also plans to expand to more than 20 states by February, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Michigan. For more information, visit Nurx.com.
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Company Name: Nurx
Contact Person: Kyle McCarthy
Country: United States