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  • A Good Contraceptive Equity Plan
    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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