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Press Release Massachusetts Division of Insurance to Hold Information Sessions on Contraceptive Coverage

For immediate release:
10/05/2021
  • Division of Insurance
  • Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Media Contact for Massachusetts Division of Insurance to Hold Information Sessions on Contraceptive Coverage

Jackie Horigan

BostonToday, the Division of Insurance (Division) announced a series of information sessions to be held this month to allow interested parties to engage with the Division regarding mandated coverage for certain contraceptive benefits in Massachusetts.

In accordance with state law, licensed health insurance carriers offering fully funded health plans in Massachusetts are required to cover at least one type of federally approved contraceptive drug, device, or other product as listed in the federal Birth Control Guide without any cost sharing. A lesser known benefit under the law also requires health insurance carriers to allow members to obtain up to a 12-month supply of a covered prescription contraceptive at the time that the prescription is dispensed.

“The Division of Insurance remains committed to ensuring that health plan coverage is consistent with state laws,” said Division of Insurance Commissioner Gary Anderson. “These listening sessions will assist the Division in developing further guidance to ensure that not only insurance carriers, but also health care providers, pharmacists and consumers, understand women’s contraceptive rights in Massachusetts.”

In order to increase awareness of the availability of this benefit, the Division previously hosted webinars to better inform hospital and medical providers as well as licensed pharmacists. Those presentations are available for viewing online: https://www.youtube.com/user/massconsumer/videos

The Division has planned the following information sessions:

                             Friday, October 15 at 1:00 PM

                             Friday, October 29 at 1:00 PM

                             Friday, November 12 at 1:00 PM (if needed)

Any Massachusetts resident who is interested in participating in an informational session may join via telephone by calling 1-857-327-9245 and use password 354356078# or join via computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting

Written comments can be submitted to kevin.beagan@mass.gov and Rebecca.butler@mass.gov.

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Division of Insurance to Hold Information Sessions on Contraceptive Coverage

Division of Insurance 

The primary mission of the Division of Insurance (DOI) is to monitor the solvency of its licensees in order to promote a healthy, responsive and willing marketplace for consumers who purchase insurance products. Protection of consumer interests is of prime importance to the Division and is safeguarded by providing accurate and unbiased information so consumers may make informed decisions and by intervening on behalf of consumers who believe they have been victimized by unfair business practices.

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation 

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate.
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