Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act: IRS Grants Transition Relief, Male Sterilization is Not Preventive

The IRS announced in Notice 2018-12 that health plans providing benefits for male sterilization or male contraceptives without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum deductible for a high deductible health plan (HDHP) are NOT considered HDHPs.  Individuals with plans treating male sterilization procedures as a preventive benefit will be offered transition relief until 2020.  These individuals will... Read More

CareFirst 2018 Contraceptive Benefit Changes for Maryland and Virginia

In compliance with Maryland and Virginia state mandates, effective January 1, 2018 upon renewal, the following changes to contraceptive benefits will apply. Maryland House Bill 1005 (Contraceptive Equity Act) requires health insurers to: Provide coverage for a single dispensing of up to a six-month supply for covered, FDA approved, prescription contraceptives. Apply no out-of-pocket costs for over-the-counter emergency contraceptives purchased... Read More