Nurse practitioners push for contraceptive coverage

 The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) in Washington, DC, is getting behind the push for universal contraceptive insurance coverage. It has issued the following tips for women who are concerned about contraceptive coverage and who seek low-cost options:

• For women who have health care coverage options through their employer, open enrollment may be approaching this fall, when employees can change plans. Women should check whether their prescription plan covers oral contraceptives and, if so, which brands are on the formulary.

• Women can obtain brand name birth control pills at a discount through SmartWoman Rx, a mail-order program that offers free home delivery and up to a three-month supply. For more information or to enroll in the program, women can visit www.smartwomanrx.com or call (866) 376-6527.

• Women should notify their employer if they are not satisfied with the coverage provided under the plan by writing a letter or contacting the company’s human resources department.

• Women are urged to send a letter to Congress showing support of contraceptive coverage. Visit the National Association of Nurse Practitioners web site at www.npwh.org for a sample letter.