HHS: Insurance Required to Offer Birth Control, Contraceptive Planning

August 1, 2011
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The requirement that new insurance provisions and services under reform and HHS rules provide the gamut of preventive womens’ healthcare services will also cover the infamous morning-after pill. Other required free services under the new rules include all birth control methods approved in the U.S., domestic violence screening, and support for breastfeeding.

The requirement that new insurance provisions and services under reform and HHS rules provide the gamut of preventive womens’ healthcare services will also cover the infamous morning-after pill. Other required free services under the new rules include all birth control methods approved in the U.S., domestic violence screening, and support for breastfeeding.

The HHS noted that not every health insurance plan must comply with the new directive, however. “The administration also released an amendment to the prevention regulation that allows religious institutions that offer insurance to their employees the choice of whether or not to cover contraception services,” the agency said.

 

Perhaps most significantly, the rules prohibit charging a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible for this type of healthcare delivery — raising questions as to the feasibility for the feds to include such a provision in the short term. Medicare will also foot the bill for both dual-eligibles and dedicated beneficiaries. | LINK

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