|A Good Contraceptive Equity Plan|
WANTED: A Good Plan for Contraceptive Coverage
A health plan with good contraceptive coverage should:
1. Cover all FDA-approved prescription methods, including
2. Cover annual office visits with an obstetrician or gynecologist for counseling on contraception, sexually transmitted infections and pap smears
3. Require only the co-payments or deductibles that apply to other medical services
4. Protect your confidentiality
(Adapted from the web site of Planned Parenthood of America - www.plannedparenthood.org)
The quick fix on contraceptive equity
There is generally no positive language in health insurance plans when contraception is covered; the problem is when it is excluded.
However, contract/health plan language could be: "All FDA approved contraceptives and related services shall be covered to the same extent, and on the same terms, as all other drugs, devices and services."