New Guidance Puts Finer Point on Birth Control Coverage Rules

On Jan. 22, the 51st anniversary of the now-overturned Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, the Biden administration seized the opportunity to reaffirm its support for reproductive rights — a stance it appears to be increasingly emphasizing as the 2024 presidential election draws near. As part of that effort, three federal agencies issued new guidance to help health plans and issuers avoid running afoul of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate.

Health policy experts who spoke to AIS Health, a division of MMIT, say that the guidance could be a helpful tool for compliance-focused insurers, as it outlines the narrow set of circumstances in which a health plan doesn’t have to fully cover certain types of birth control.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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