Some health insurance companies are twisting the health care law to do something that sounds pretty illegal: deny insurance coverage for certain forms of birth control.
That’s according to a new report by the National Women’s Law Center.
One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that birth control methods — be it pill, patch, shot, ring — are supposed to be covered by insurance companies without a co-pay or other charges. But two studies from the National Women’s Law Center have found that many insurance companies are still charging for birth control, exploiting loopholes that may take years to close.
The NWLC also found that insurers are putting odd limits on things like maternity leave and breastfeeding supplies, things that are also supposed to be well-covered under the ACA. (Those odd limits include things like refusing to cover more than one ultrasound for a pregnant person; most people get at least two, possibly more if there are complications.)