Check out Commissioner Kreidler’s blog post “Women’s rights to health guaranteed in Washington state” where he references NoHLA’s contraceptive coverage report. In this report, NoHLA and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington discovered that some insurance companies selling health plans through Washington Healthplanfinder’s online marketplace misinformed women about expanded access to contraceptive care, failing to comply with the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement. Commissioner Kreidler required insurers to act on the concerns we raised. NoHLA is currently working on an update of that report.
The blog post also highlights the contraceptive access bill, House Bill 1234, that recently passed legislation. The bill dramatically reduces barriers to birth control access by requiring health insurance plans to cover a 12-month supply of birth control at a time, allowing women to pick up a year’s worth of birth control in a single pharmacy visit. This bill will be in effect for health insurance plans issued or renewed after January 1st, 2018.