Obama Administration Warns Health Insurers about Loopholes for Birth Control

 

The Obama Administration warned health insurance companies on Monday that they must cover all female contraception, including reinforcement and intrauterine devices, without entailing any charges.

Last month, National Women’s Law Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation dispensed separate reports that discovered that insurers often disobeyed a federal requirement under President Obama’s health care law to offer free coverage of contraception for women.

Senator Patty Murray of Washington, senior Democrat on the Senate health committee, and Gretchen Borchelt, a law center vice president, commended the administration.

“Insurance companies have been breaking the law, and today the Obama administration underscored that it will not tolerate these violations,” Borchelt said. “It is now absolutely clear that all means all — all unique birth control methods for women must be covered.”

Additionally, the administration stated that health insurers must cover genetic testing and advising for guaranteed women who had a history of breast or ovarian cancer.

It is also said that health insurers must cover testing for metamorphoses in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women.

The new guidance ascertained that health insurers must cover precautionary services for transgender people when a physician finds the services medically suitable.

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Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2015/05/11/health-insurers-ordered-heed-law-free-contraception-coverage/aNJijglgrE73MXzPdMIBQL/story.html

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