Study: Insurers Fail To Cover All Prescribed Contraceptives

Will the health plan pay for the contraceptives the doctor prescribes?i

Will the health plan pay for the contraceptives the doctor prescribes?

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Will the health plan pay for the contraceptives the doctor prescribes?

Will the health plan pay for the contraceptives the doctor prescribes?

MediaforMedical/Emmanuel Rogue/Getty Images

Some women may be paying hefty fees for birth control pills, vaginal rings and emergency contraception, despite a federal requirement that insurers pay their full cost. And some women only have coverage for a less effective type of emergency contraception, according to a report released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The analysis looked at 20 health insurers in five states and found companies that provided limited or no coverage for some forms contraception. In some cases, the insurers imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of a drug.

For example, seven insurers didn’t pay the full cost of vaginal rings, and one company does not pay for ParaGard, the only nonhormonal IUD available to women. It can cost up to $1,000.

“That’s a flagrant violation of the law,” says Gena

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/16/400122781/study-insurers-fail-to-cover-all-prescribed-contraceptives?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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