U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with health insurance leaders and workers’ benefit plans to call on the insurance industry to fulfill their duty to provide access to contraception as required by law. needed.
On August 1, 2011, the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury issued amended regulations requiring coverage of contraceptive services for women, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After more than a decade of this law, departments continue to receive complaints about restrictions on access to contraceptives under the ACA.
“The Affordable Care Act mandates that contraceptive services, including contraception, be covered at no cost,” said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. However, we continue to hear difficult reports of non-compliance. The departments are looking into these complaints and will work actively to ensure that women get the contraceptives they are entitled to. ”
At the meeting, Secretary Becerra addressed his concerns with representatives from health insurance and employee benefit plans.
“Women’s ability to control their reproductive health care including abortion and birth control insurance is at risk, and it is more important than ever to ensure that individuals can access contraception at no cost. , as provided by the Affordable Care Act, ”said Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra. “Departments are fully committed to implementing the ACA requirements to cover contraceptive coverage at no extra cost. Any required violations will not be tolerated. We call on your organizations to remove barriers and make sure the individuals in your plans get the contraceptives they need, as required by law.
Today, Walsh and Becerra Secretaries joined Finance Secretary Janet L. Yellen to issue a letter to the team’s health plans and health insurance providers reminding them of their obligation under the ACA to provide free contraceptive services. . Their letter discusses general contraceptive insurance requirements and reported conditions for possible non-compliance, and warns that enforcement measures could be taken if non-compliance persists.
The industry meeting was attended in person and in person by representatives from the following organizations: American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Association of Community Health Plans (ACAP), Centene, Humana, Health Business Team, CVS Health , ERISA Industrial Committee (ERIC), HR Policy Association, AFL-CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSA), National Multi-Employment Plan Coordinating Committee (NCCMP), Express Scripts, Optum, United Health Group, Kaiser Permanente , Alliance of Public Health Plans