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Ensure 12-month Contraception Coverage

Concerning requirements for contraception insurance coverage that increases consistent access to the contraception most suited to the individual.
2023 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The act requires a carrier that offers a health benefit plan (carrier) or a pharmacy benefit management firm that administers or manages contraception coverage under a health benefit plan (PBM) to provide coverage for, and reimburse a prescribing provider or in-network dispensing entity for, the single dispensing or furnishing of contraception intended to last the covered person for a duration of 12 months, as permitted by the covered person's prescription, dispensed or furnished at one time, unless requested otherwise by the covered person.

A carrier or PBM is subject to certain requirements, as applicable, including:

  • Allowing coverage of continuous use of contraception, as determined by the prescribing provider;
  • A prohibition against implementing utilization management practices that prevent the dispensing of a 12-months' duration of contraception;
  • Allowing for alternate prescribed contraception, if medically necessary; and
  • Providing coverage for over-the-counter contraception without a prescription and without prior authorization, step therapy, utilization management, or cost sharing.

The act requires carriers to report annually to the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies concerning contraception coverage and requires PBM's to provide information to carriers for purposes of this reporting. The act authorizes the commissioner of insurance to promulgate rules regarding the coverage.

APPROVED by Governor May 30, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/30/2023 Signed Act PDF
    05/05/2023 Final Act PDF
    04/29/2023 Rerevised PDF
    04/28/2023 Revised PDF
    04/24/2023 Reengrossed PDF
    04/21/2023 Engrossed PDF
    04/14/2023 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details