Access to Contraception

Clearer Standards for Health Insurer ID Cards

2019-11-08T17:07:45-05:00July 10th, 2019|Access to Contraception, Impact, Insurance Coverage for Abortion|

In 2017, NIRH successfully fought for no-copay coverage of abortion and contraception for all state-regulated insurance plans in New York. However, many New Yorkers are covered by employer-provided self-funded plans which are governed by federal law and do not have to comply with state-level requirements. NIRH then urged the state to find a creative solution [...]

Passage of the CCCA

2019-11-08T18:34:16-05:00March 4th, 2019|Access to Contraception, Impact|

After 5 years of NIRH’s advocacy, public education efforts and deep work with legislators, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA) became law in 2019. The CCCA ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the contraception that is right for them at no cost.   Following years of grassroots organizing, the 2018 election delivered a pro-choice [...]

Increasing Access to Immediate Postpartum LARC in New Mexico, Tennessee, & Utah

2019-06-19T16:46:34-04:00December 18th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

NIRH is committed to expanding access to underutilized forms of contraception, including IUDs and implants. Though offering immediate postpartum LARC  to patients who want this method is considered a best practice, barriers including policy, reimbursement, and lack of education for both providers and patients, and the challenges of implementing this service, have made it so [...]

Engaging Hospitals Across New Mexico and Utah in the Implementation of Immediate Postpartum LARC

2019-06-19T16:46:34-04:00December 18th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

Implementation is an integral part of expanding access to contraceptive coverage after successful advocacy for a policy change. Too often, a new policy is passed but its enactment is limited due to the difficulty that comes with vital work like ensuring that systems are created or updated and key stakeholders and informed and educated. As [...]

Achieving Regulations to Secure Insurance Coverage for Abortion and Contraception in New York State

2017-06-30T13:44:04-04:00June 30th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Insurance Coverage for Abortion|

In 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his agencies issued four different regulations that affirm access to insurance coverage for abortion and contraception in New York State, protect access to insurance coverage for all New Yorkers if the federal government repeals or restricts the ACA, and improve conditions for women who are incarcerated. The abortion and contraception regulations are wide-ranging [...]

Advancing Contraceptive Coverage in Massachusetts

2017-03-20T13:59:10-04:00March 20th, 2017|Access to Contraception, Impact, Proactive Policy|

Since the 1990s, many states have required insurers to provide “contraceptive equity,” meaning that insurance plans that cover prescription drugs must also cover contraception. However, insurance companies often limited the types of contraception that were covered or charged high copays for some or all forms. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) addressed some of these barriers [...]

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