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A Good Contraceptive Equity Plan
Print Icon Jun 17, 2012

WANTED: A Good Plan for Contraceptive Coverage

A health plan with good contraceptive coverage should:

1. Cover all FDA-approved prescription methods, including

— Prescription Barrier Methods:

  • Diaphragms and Cervical Caps

— Hormonal:

  • Norplant® (No longer available, but women who are using Norplant may continue to do so.)
  • Depo-Provera®
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra®)
  • The Ring (NuvaRing®)
  • The Pill

— IUDs

— Emergency Contraception

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 -

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."

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