As a reminder from the March IAI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued new guidelines that require health plans to cover the recommended women's preventive health services below without charging a copayment, co-insurance, or deductible:
Our health plans already provide in-network coverage, without copayment, co-insurance, or deductible, for the majority of the recommended preventive health services. Effective on renewals beginning on and after August 1, 2012, health plan changes will be made to include in-network coverage, without copayment, co-insurance, or deductible, for those recommended women's preventive health services not already covered with no cost share. Coverage for all recommended preventive health services is subject to the health plan's network requirements and provisions.
Certain religious employers are exempt from covering contraceptive services. BCBSMA will administer the exemption provisions as defined by the federal government.
Learn more about these guidelines at www.bluecrossma.com/employer/iai.