Birth Control, Plan B And Vasectomies Will Soon Be Free In Maryland
Preventing pregnancy has never been cheaper for insured people in Maryland.By Katie Link | May 12, 2016
Preventing pregnancy has never been cheaper for insured people in Maryland. On Tuesday, the state’s governor signed the Contraceptive Equity Act into law, effectively ending out-of-pocket costs for all forms of contraception.
The law expands on the Affordable Care Act and goes into effect in 2018. It makes Maryland the first in the nation to mandate coverage for emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
Additionally, all types of birth control pills will be free, and trips to the pharmacy will be dramatically reduced as women can get up to six months of pills at a time. Women who prefer a long-acting contraceptive like an IUD no longer need preauthorization.