Whitmer launches new birth control options website

Before the opinion of the Supreme Court in Dobbs vs. JacksonGovernor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) launched a new consumer website to help Michigan women understand insurance coverage for contraception and other related reproductive health services.

At some point in his life, almost all women will use contraception to treat a health problem or for family planning purposes. These treatments have never been more important to women’s health and our goal is to make them affordable and accessible,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Dobbs, we are doing everything we can to ensure that birth control and other reproductive health services remain accessible to the Michiganders who rely on them. I will work with anyone to keep women safe and help them plan their families on their own terms.
“Under the Affordable Care Act, almost all health plans are required to cover contraception and related health care services for women at no cost,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “DIFS stands ready to help Michigan residents with questions or complaints about reproductive health service coverage. For more information, visit the new DIFS contraception website or call DIFS at 877-999-6442, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has recently taken steps to support reproductive health. They understand:

  • Seek and receive approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage in Michigan from 60 days after pregnancy to a full year, beginning in April 2022.
  • Updated Medicaid’s policy for provider coverage of up to 12 months’ supply of prescribed contraceptives for enrollees at family planning clinics or pharmacies.
  • Propose a policy that would establish Medicaid coverage for doula services, subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Doulas are trained birth attendants who provide non-clinical emotional, physical, and informational support to pregnant women and their families before, during, and after childbirth.
  • Expand access to evidence-based home visiting programs to better address health, housing, food security and safety during pregnancy and postpartum.

“MDHHS works tirelessly to provide medical coverage and services to the people of Michigan to help them live their healthiest lives,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “Access to affordable or free contraception is vitally important when it comes to providing reproductive health care services to enable women to plan pregnancy when it is most convenient for them, as well as to their family.”

Contraception is widely used to treat medical conditions such as endometriosis, to treat certain symptoms of menstruation, as well as for family planning purposes for people who do not wish to become pregnant or those for whom pregnancy may present a medical risk. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)non-exempt health plans must provide, free of charge, at least one type of each of the 18 contraceptive methods currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as prescribed to women by a health care provider. Related health services, such as an office visit for a contraceptive injection, must also be covered.

Although contraception is provided free of charge by most health insurance plans, there are certain circumstances in which you may have to pay for these treatments, including:

  • If you prefer a type or brand of contraceptive that is not currently covered by your insurer;
For more information about low-cost or free reproductive health services provided by the State of Michigan, including through the state’s Medicaid program, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Family Planning Program website.

DIFS can help consumers with health insurance questions and complaints. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/HealthInsurance or call DIFS at 877-999-6442, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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