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

Maryland Employers: Clarification on Maryland’s Required Coverage of Male Sterilization and High Deductible Health Plans

Effective 1/1/2018, Maryland's Contraceptive Equity Act requires all health insurance carriers to cover male sterilization (vasectomy) procedures as preventative care, thus excluding these procedures from deductibles. However, this deductible prohibition is suspended for high deductible health plans (HDHP).  Otherwise, insurers and nonprofit health service plans providing coverage for male sterilization under individual, group, or blanket health insurance policies or contracts... Read More