Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most private insurance plans have been required to cover all FDA-approved forms of contraception without cost-sharing since the 2013 plan year. An analysis of private insurance claims from 2006-2014 for women ages 13 to 45 found a small but statistically significant increase in insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices after the ACA's contraceptive mandate took effect.
Event: The Future of EU and US Health Care Systems
The health care systems of developed economies are facing similar pressures from the combined impact of technology, demographic change and globalization. An event at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) featured Xavier Prats Monné, the Director-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) at the European Commission, who gave a presentation and participated in a discussion on the future of the EU and US health care systems.
State Medicaid Programs’ Coverage for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception is Uneven, Study Finds
State Medicaid programs must cover family planning services, but wide variation in specific policies around payment and training means low-income women's access to some of the most effective methods of contraception can vary by state. Researchers who analyzed nine states' Medicaid policies around long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) found most did not explicitly cover all key elements of quality contraceptive care.
Providing Legal Services in Clinical Settings Can Help Promote Health Equity, According to New Research in Health Affairs
As health care organizations seek to address unmet social needs of their patients to improve health care quality, equity, and health outcomes, medical-legal partnership offers a practical intervention to address social and environmental circumstances of patients that have a remedy in civil law. More than 300 health care organizations nationwide have adopted medical-legal partnerships in a wide variety of settings, including general hospitals and health systems, children’s hospitals, health centers, veteran’s health clinics, tribal health organizations, and others.
New Study in Women’s Health Issues Quantifies the ACA Medicaid Expansion’s Effects on Insurance for Low-income Women of Reproductive Age
Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many low-income women could only receive Medicaid coverage if they were pregnant or parenting young children. The ACA’s Medicaid expansion has reduced uninsurance for low-income women of childbearing age by 13 percentage points, with a drop of 27 percentage points for those without dependent children.