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Women’s Group: Insurers Aren’t Providing Birth Control, Health Care Per Obamacare

| by Michael Allen

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), an advocacy group, released two reports today that claim many health insurance companies are violating Obamacare rules on contraception and other types of medical care for women.

According to the NWLC, the women's coverage report detailed "violations related to maternity care, birth control, breast-feeding support and supplies, genetic testing, well-woman visits, prescription drug coverage, care related to gender transition for transgender individuals, chronic pain treatment, and certain pre-existing conditions."

The women's coverage report analyzed plans by more than 100 health insurance plans in 15 states, and "found that more than half of the issuers were violating" Obamacare rules.

The birth control coverage report delved deeper into contraception and found that some health insurance companies do not cover an intrauterine device (IUD), vaginal ring and the patch, notes The Hill.

The NWLC noted that insurers "not only fail to comply with the [Affordable Care Act], but recreate the cost barriers that existed prior to the ACA that contribute to increased risk of unintended pregnancy."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Katie Hill said in an email to The Hill, "We will continue to provide guidance to help ensure that women have access to recommended preventive benefits and will explore whether additional measures are necessary."

Karen Ignagni, CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, a lobbying group for health insurance companies, fired back in a statement: "To use highly selective anecdotes to draw sweeping conclusions about consumers’ coverage does nothing to improve the quality, accessibility, or affordability of health care for individuals and families."

However, the Kaiser Family Foundation also found a lack of contraception coverage in a study of five states.

Sources: The Hill, National Women’s Law Center, Kaiser Family Foundation
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