MEDICAID CHANGES CONTRACEPTIVE SUPPLY RULES
Below a brand new coverage, Virginians with Medicaid can get a 12-month provide of contraceptives as a substitute of the one-month provide allowed beneath earlier guidelines.
The coverage was introduced final week by the Virginia Division of Medical Help Providers and covers all routine, self-administered contraceptives, together with oral contraceptive drugs, weekly patches, month-to-month rings and injections given at dwelling each three months.
Medicaid members in managed care and fee-for-service are included within the new coverage, together with these in Household Entry to Medical Insurance coverage Safety and Plan First, in accordance with the announcement.
“Unintended pregnancies are a significant factor driving well being inequities,” stated Ellen Montz, chief deputy and well being economist at DMAS.
The “commonsense coverage” permits members to make the perfect selections about their reproductive well being, Montz stated. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, World Well being Group and American School of Gynecologists have agreed and all advocate prolonged provide choices for contraception.
A 2018 research in Washington state discovered that the supply of one-year provides of contraceptives was related to fewer unintended pregnancies.
“This reform reduces the potential for contraceptive failures ensuing from delays in prescription refills,” stated Chethan Bachireddy, chief medical officer at DMAS. “Lacking greater than two consecutive oral contraceptives can lead to being pregnant.”