HHS says insurers required to cover all contraceptives: 3 things to know

President Barack Obama's administration now requires insurers to cover IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control with no of out-of-pocket charge to consumers, according to The Washington Post.

The news comes after reports that some insurers refused to cover all kinds of contraceptives.

Here are three things to know about the rewritten guidelines.

1. Insurers must cover at least one brand of contraception in each of 18 different methods outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the report. The 18 methods include oral contraceptives, the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill and the vaginal ring.

2. Insurers "may in some cases still impose costs to prod women to use generics rather than brand-name drugs under the new guidance," the report reads. However, it notes that insurers must cover a particular drug or device without added costs if a physician or hospital recommends it out of medical necessity.

3. Plans must implement the policy by July.


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