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Enhancing Contraceptive Access in Pennsylvania: Shapiro’s Initiative

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has issued new guidance to health insurers to encourage the coverage of over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptives, including the recently FDA-approved daily birth control pill, Opill, without the need for a prescription. This move aims to make contraception more accessible and affordable, potentially saving women nearly $250 annually on OTC contraception costs.

Insurers are urged to bypass the usual drug exceptions process for these contraceptives as a best practice. Shapiro emphasized the importance of birth control in offering personal freedom and control over one’s body, stressing that affordability should not be a barrier to access. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) will require insurers that do not cover OTC contraceptives to provide justification to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations.

This initiative aligns with Shapiro’s broader commitment to reproductive health and rights, including efforts to ensure that contraception and abortion services are accessible under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The administration has also been actively involved in advocating for the insurance coverage of the Opill birth control pill at the federal level, alongside other state governors.

Residents of Pennsylvania with insurance-related inquiries or issues can seek assistance through the PID’s Consumer Services Bureau.


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