Adam Sonfield joined the Guttmacher Institute’s Washington, DC office in 1997 and currently serves as a senior policy manager. He is the executive editor and a regular contributor to the Institute’s public policy journal, the Guttmacher Policy Review. Mr. Sonfield’s portfolio includes research and policy analysis on public and private financing of reproductive health care in the United States, the rights and responsibilities of health care providers and patients, and men’s sexual and reproductive health. His recent focus has been the enactment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its potential impact on family planning coverage, services, programs and providers. Mr. Sonfield earned an A.B. with honors in social studies from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy, focusing in health policy, at Georgetown University.


Recent Posts by Adam Sonfield

Despite Leaving Key Questions Unanswered, New Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions Will Do Clear Harm

On October 6, the Trump administration released an overhaul of federal regulations governing religious objections to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage guarantee. With exemptions to the contraceptive guarantee expanded, there are lots of questions and concerns that will not...

October 17, 2017Following the ACA, Public Health

Graham-Cassidy Continues Efforts To Bar Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion

During the two years (2018 and 2019) that premium subsidies would still exist before being phased out under the new proposal, those subsidies would be barred from going to any plan that includes coverage for abortion, beyond those rare cases when the woman’s life is endangered or the pregnancy...

September 25, 2017Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

At It Again: Texas Continues To Undercut Access To Reproductive Health Care

Texas and the Trump administration could set dangerous new precedents that could undermine family planning care in Medicaid programs nationwide.

Conservatives Are Using The American Health Care Act To Restrict Private Insurance From Covering Abortion

While House Republicans find themselves divided on a wide range of important issues in the American Health Care Act , in one area they are united. The new legislation's language barring federal money from being used to support any private insurance plan that covers abortion.

The Women’s Health Amendment Is Getting An Update. What Should It Include?

ACOG and its colleague organizations should address four areas of importance for sexual and reproductive health: expanding the contraceptive coverage guarantee; expanding coverage of services to prevent HIV and other STIs; covering and ensuring adequate reimbursement for preventive counseling...

CMS Provides New Clarity For Family Planning Under Medicaid

Medicaid accounts for three-quarters of public funding for family planning in the United States. CMS' sweeping new regulations and three additional pieces of guidance to state officials together form the most comprehensive set of rules, principles, and recommendations for states that CMS has...

Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over The Counter, But That’s No Substitute For Contraceptive Coverage

In recent weeks, some opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage guarantee have promoted the idea that oral contraceptive pills should be available to adult women without a prescription. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for example, recently...

After Hobby Lobby: How Might Policymakers Mitigate The Decision’s Impact On Women And Families?

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling that has the potential to undermine an important provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that establishes for women a federal guarantee of coverage for their full range of contraceptive methods, services, and counseling without any...