Birth Control Denied? Share Your Story With Us....

Birth Control Denied? Share Your Story With Us....

If you have questions or would like support to file a complaint with your health plan, contact Sylvia Castillo, Senior Manager of Government + Community Affairs at scastillo@essentialacces.org

In California, women with private health insurance or Medi-Cal have the right to:

  • Choose their preferred type of birth control without restrictions or co-pays 
  • Receive a 12-month supply of birth control pills, contraceptive patches or vaginal rings at one time

Private health insurance or Medi-Cal plans CANNOT:

  • Refuse to cover a prescribed birth control method 
  • Charge a fee or co-pay for birth control 
  • Require a woman to try one method first before covering the preferred method of choice (like trying the pill before the patch, ring, implant or IUD) 
  • Require a woman to return to the pharmacy or doctor's office every 30 - 90 days to pick up pills, rings, or patches. Women can now get a full 12-month supply at once as prescribed or requested.

GOT DENIED? We want to know if a health insurance plan is not following the law. Please share your experiences with us.