Planned Parenthood partnership with Unified Life Insurance means greater access to contraceptives for women in Truckee Meadows
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Unified Life Insurance recently signed a contract to provide contraceptive care to women insured by Saint Mary’s health plans.
The new contract, which benefits women who have Saint Mary’s PPO health insurance and a rider with Unified Life Insurance, allows patients’ contraceptive services to be covered at Planned Parenthood health centers. (Coverage is for contraceptive services only. Other Planned Parenthood services are not covered for St. Mary’s patients.)
“The contract helps make contraceptive care more affordable for women whose health insurance doesn’t cover this basic health care service,” said Pat Elzy, director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. “Now these women will not have to pay out-of-pocket for birth control.” One year of co-payments for contraceptives can cost $600 – more than many women can afford.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, of the 36 million women in need of contraceptive care in 2008, 17.4 million were in need of publicly funded services because they either had an income below 250% of the federal poverty level or were younger than 20. In Nevada that’s about 150,000 women and teens.
Since the recession began four years ago, the estimate is now closer to 200,000 women and teens who need publicly funded health services; 66,000 in the Truckee Meadows.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte improves the lives of more than 250,000 people annually in 42 counties in mid-California and in Northern Nevada. We reach people through our medical services, education programs, and advocacy initiatives.
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