Did your health insurance deny your preferred birth control method or charge you a co-pay?

Did your health insurance deny your preferred birth control method or charge you a co-pay?

If you need immediate assistance in filing a claim with a health insurance plan, contact the National Women’s Law Center hotline at 1-866-PILL4US or via email at pill4us@nwlc.org.
 
If you have been wrongfully denied by a health plan in California, call the California Department of Managed Health Care Services Help Center at 1-888-466-2219 to file a complaint.

In California, women with private health insurance or Medi-Cal now 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, patches or vaginal rings at one time

Your private insurance or Medi-Cal plans CANNOT:

  • Refuse to cover a prescribed birth control method
  • Charge you 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 receive a full 12-month supply at once as prescribed

WE WANT TO KNOW! Share your experiences with us if plans are not complying with these new rules.