House Committee Calls Out Birth Control Coverage Barriers; Insurers Hit Back

  • Nov 04, 2022

    In late October, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform published a report that takes aim at managed care companies’ coverage of birth control products. Health policy experts say that while enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate has always been challenging, the new report comes as the Biden administration signals it is getting increasingly serious about cracking down on noncompliance. The insurers/PBMs mentioned in the report and the industry's main trade group, meanwhile, contend that they are in fact providing adequate coverage of contraceptives.   Read more
  • Leslie Small

    Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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