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New law requires insurance coverage for contraceptives

HutchinsonMaySPRINGFIELD – A proposal to require insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and products in Illinois is now law after State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed the plan out of the Senate earlier this year.

“Nearly every woman in this country utilizes birth control at some point in their lives for varying reasons,” Hutchinson said. “Some women require birth control for health reasons, while others rely on it for family planning. Requiring insurance coverage for birth control is a medical issue, and neither the government nor insurance bureaucrats should have a voice in denying coverage to women.”

The new law, which is contained in House Bill 5576, requires insurance companies in Illinois to provide coverage for almost all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products. Her plan would also require insurance companies to provide up to 12 months of contraceptives at one time.

Current law only requires insurance companies cover at least one contraceptive in each drug class, leaving out a host of medical options for the many women who must try multiple forms of birth control before finding the right fit.

“We have worked with many women who spent months fighting with insurance companies to get coverage for the birth control method prescribed by their doctor,” said Kathy Waligora, Director of the Health Reform Initiative at EverThrive Illinois. “This bill provides a common sense solution which will have an immediate, positive impact on the lives of women across the state, while decreasing the rate of unintended pregnancy and improving the health of moms and babies.”

House Bill 5576 was signed Friday by the governor and takes effect on January 1, 2017.

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