Take Action: Support Bills for Family Planning Care
Join us on Monday, March 6 to support no co-pay birth control at the state legislature!
3/6/17: Assembly Health & Human Services Committee hearing on AB249 at 1 pm
3/6/17: Senate Health & Human Services Committee hearing on SB233 at 3:30 pm
part of the NARAL Lobby Days: Northern NV (click for Facebook event details)
From The Nevada Independent, ‘Proposed bills would preserve preventative health care for women if ACA repealed’ (2/15/17), “Legislators are sponsoring bills to codify portions of the federal health care law in state statute and bolster family planning services in the state in the event of a repeal.”
[SB233] sponsored by Sen. Julia Ratti, would codify some of the women’s preventative health services covered under the ACA, particularly no-copay birth control. But it will also go beyond the Affordable Care Act, such as requiring insurers to cover 12 month distribution of contraception.
SB233 – Introduced Wednesday, March 1, 2017:
Primary Sponsor(s): Senator Julia Ratti, Senator Yvanna Cancela, Senator Pat Spearman, Senator Nicole Cannizzaro, Senator Joyce Woodhouse
AB249 – Introduced Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Existing law requires most health insurance plans which cover prescription drugs and outpatient care to also include coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices without an additional copay, coinsurance or a higher deductible than that which may be charged for other prescription drugs and outpatient care under the plan. (NRS 689A.0415, 689A.0417, 689B.0376, 689B.0377, 695B.1916, 695B.1918, 695C.1694, 695C.1695) Certain plans, including small employer plans, benefit contracts provided by fraternal benefit societies, plans issued by a managed care organization and certain plans offered by governmental entities of this State are not currently subject to these requirements. (Chapters 287, 689C, 695A and 695G of NRS) The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148, as amended, requires certain contraceptive drugs, devices and services to be covered by every health insurance plan without any copay, coinsurance or higher deductible. (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(4); 45 C.F.R. § 147.130) Sections 3, 4 and 6-25 of this bill align Nevada law with federal law, requiring all public and private health insurance plans made available in this State to provide coverage for certain benefits relating to contraception without any copay, coinsurance or a higher deductible. Sections 3, 4 and 6-25 require certain additional forms of contraceptive drugs, devices and services to be covered by a health insurance plan, including, without limitation, up to a 12-month supply of contraceptives or its therapeutic equivalent, insertion or removal of a contraceptive device, education and counseling relating to contraception, management of side effects relating to contraception and voluntary sterilization for men and women. Sections 3, 4 and 6-25 prohibit the use of a program of step therapy or prior authorization requirements relating to the contraceptive drugs, devices and services required by this bill. Sections 3, 4 and 6-25 also require a health insurance plan to provide coverage for certain therapeutic equivalent drugs and devices relating to contraception when a therapeutic equivalent covered by the plan is deemed to be medically inappropriate by a provider of health care. Additionally, sections 3, 4 and 6-25 require that benefits provided by a health insurance plan relating to contraception which are provided to the insured must also be provided to the spouse or dependent of an insured. Existing law allows an insurer that is affiliated with a religious organization and which objects on religious grounds to providing coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices to exclude coverage in its policies, plans or contracts for such drugs and devices. (NRS 689A.0415, 689B.0376, 695B.1916, 695C.1694) Sections 7, 11, 14, 16, 17, 20 and 25 of this bill remove the religious exemption and require all insurers to provide coverage for the contraceptive drugs, devices and services required by this bill. Existing law requires this State to develop a State Plan for Medicaid which includes, without limitation, a list of the medical services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. (42 U.S.C. § 1396a; NRS 422.063) Existing federal law authorizes a state to charge a copay, coinsurance or deductible for most Medicaid services, but prohibits any copay, coinsurance or deductible for certain family planning services and supplies. (42 U.S.C. § 1396o-1) Existing federal law also authorizes a state to define the parameters of contraceptive coverage provided under Medicaid. (42 U.S.C. § 1396u-7) Existing Nevada law requires a number of specific medical services to be covered under Medicaid. (NRS 422.2717-422.27241) Sections 1 and 2 of this bill require the State Plan for Medicaid to include certain benefits relating to contraception currently required to be covered by private health insurance plans pursuant to existing Nevada law and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148, as amended, as well as the additional benefits related to contraception required by sections 3, 4 and 6-25 without any copay, coinsurance or deductible. Sections 1 and 2 also prohibit the use of a program of step therapy and any requirement to obtain prior authorization relating to such benefits which are covered under the State Plan for Medicaid. Existing law authorizes a pharmacist to dispense up to a 90-day supply of a drug pursuant to a valid prescription in certain circumstances. (NRS 639.2396) Section 5 of this bill requires a pharmacist to dispense up to a 12-month supply of contraceptives or a therapeutic equivalent upon the request of a patient and pursuant to a valid prescription.
Primary Sponsor(s): Assemblyman Jason Frierson, Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Assemblyman Steve Yeager