U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods

(Reuters) – The U.S. government said health insurers must cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control without co-pays or charges to the patient, as it issued a paper on Monday looking to clarify coverage guidelines under the Affordable Care Act. Recent published reports found that some payers were ignoring federal requirements for covering birth control, a benefit under the healthcare reform commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of responses aimed at correcting misperceptions or potential coverage loopholes being exploited by some insurers. It said a plan that covers some types of contraception, such as intrauterine devices, or IUDs, but excludes other forms of birth control would not be in compliance with federal regulations. The HHS document said a health plan may use “reasonable medical management techniques” to determine which specific products to cover if there are multiple FDA-approved options within a contraception category, such as birth control pills.
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