EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists webinar focused on the Affordable Care Act and its birth control coverage requirement. It looked at the legal requirements of public and private coverage for women’s preventive services with no cost-sharing.

  • In May 2015, the federal government issued expanded guidance for private health plans about how to implement the Act’s requirement to cover dozens of preventive care services, including the full range of contraceptive methods, services, and counseling, without any out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments and deductibles. All of the contraceptive methods approved by the FDA are covered, the guidance states.
  • Plans are required to cover “services related to follow-up and management of side effects, counseling for continued adherence, and device removal” without cost-sharing.