Practices wanting to help their patients get full use of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth control benefit can point them to a dedicated website.
CoverHer.org has resources for anyone needing more information or struggling to use their benefits under the ACA, which requires health insurance companies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket costs to the recipient. CoverHer.org began in 2012 as a project of the National Women’s Law Center.
Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center, said providers can play an important role in making sure their patients get the coverage they should under the law. Those staffing the front desks of practices and doing benefit checks should also be aware, she said, and CoverHer.org helps take some of the burden off of the practice.
“The website has a lot of resources that providers can refer people to if providers are getting questions, because most people should be able to get their birth control without having to pay out-of-pocket through their insurance,” she said. “If they aren’t, there are a few reasons why they might not be, and we can help them figure that out. But if they are paying out-of-pocket, we can help them figure out if their insurance is not complying with the law, and we can show them what their legal rights are in moving forward to appeal the insurance decisions.”
CoverHer.org is today’s Contraception/Family Planning Day supporter and will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall for those who want to learn more.
Gandal-Powers will speak after today’s Contraception and Coercion flipped classroom session, which is scheduled to take place from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in ballroom 24ABC of the convention center. She will start with a short presentation about the basics of contraception coverage in the ACA and how CoverHer.org works. A question-and-answer session will follow.