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.
PLEASE NOTE: These policies and contraceptive coverage requirements DO NOT apply to some employer based health plans or health plans operated by colleges or universities.
GOT DENIED? We want to know if a health insurance plan is not following the law or if your employer or campus health plan DOES NOT offer you these contraceptive coverage benefits. Please share your experiences with us.