Bill to Require Coverage of Contraception Goes through House Committee

An MMA-supported bill (HF 963) that would require health plans to cover all contraceptive methods and services without imposing cost-sharing requirements on the enrollee passed the House Commerce Committee on March 5.  

The bill includes coverage of all FDA approved drugs and devices, as well the consultation, examination, and procedures related to contraception, including voluntary sterilization, patient education, and counseling.

Erin Stevens, MD, an OB-GYN, testified on behalf of the Minnesota Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians provided a letter of support for the bill.

Most of the services are currently covered by Minnesota health plans, but recent rulings at the federal level have limited the coverage through the Affordable Care Act. This bill clarifies in state law that these services must be covered similar to other preventive services.