Monday, May 16, 2016
Maryland Legislation Closes the Gap in Insurance Coverage for Contraception
Mic (May 12, 2016) Maryland Just Took a Huge Step for Women by Offering Free Birth Control, by Leigh Cuen:
Last week, Maryland's governor signed legislation that will give the women of Maryland the most progressive reproductive health coverage in the country. While other states have passed piecemeal legislation, according to Karen Nelson, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Maryland, the Maryland law is unique in its comprehensiveness.
According to Mic, the act:
eliminates most co-pays for birth control, ends pre-approval requirements for reversible, long-term birth control like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and eliminates copays for vasectomies. The law also mandates that insurance covers over-the-counter contraception like Plan B, or the morning after pill. Almost everyone in Maryland with health insurance will have access to free birth control starting in January 2018.