House Committee Calls Out Birth Control Coverage Barriers; Insurers Hit Back

In late October, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform published a report that takes aim at managed care companies’ coverage of birth control products. Health policy experts say that while enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate has always been challenging, the new report comes as the Biden administration signals it is getting increasingly serious about cracking down on noncompliance. The insurers/PBMs mentioned in the report and the industry’s main trade group, meanwhile, contend that they are in fact providing adequate coverage of contraceptives.

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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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