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.
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.”
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;
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.