SimpleHealth, an online reproductive health provider, is is waiving the $20 consultation fee for all unemployed women seeking access to birth control through the end of January 2021. The announcement comes after reports indicated that of the 140,000 jobs lost in the last month, nearly all of them were held by women – the overwhelming majority of which were held by women of color. SimpleHealth can ship birth control, for free, to all 50 States and for people of the eligible minimum age in 27 States, SimpleHealth connects patients virtually to doctors in their State who can prescribe birth control for them.
“Last month we saw the most substantial decline in jobs among Black women and women of color within our workforce that our country has seen since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US,” said Carrie Siu Butt, CEO of SimpleHealth. “It’s no secret that the very women who are on the frontlines of the pandemic, as both workers and patients, have been most disproportionately impacted by the virus over the last year, but their accounting for 100% of jobs lost in December is outrageous and unacceptable. As a disabled woman of color, I know this struggle all too well. Women need relief right now. That’s why SimpleHealth is waiving its consultation fees for all women who lost their jobs recently or who are struggling financially through the end of January 2021. The last thing we want is for women who have already been exhausted by the pandemic to struggle to access basic health care needs, including birth control.”