Q&A: State Contraceptive Equity Laws

Executive Summary

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most health insurance plans to provide coverage for a broad range of women’s preventive health services without cost-sharing, including all Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved methods of contraception. While this requirement is a welcome and significant step forward, gaps in comprehensive coverage remain, which had led to states passing their own more expansive contraceptive coverage laws commonly referred to as Contraceptive Equity bills. This NHeLP Q&A provides detail regarding the importance of these innovative laws for improving reproductive health equity in the states. (Updated December 2021)

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