On May 10th, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law The Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act, a new law that closes gaps in contraception coverage in insurance plans and Medicaid. It provides the most comprehensive coverage of contraception in the country, putting Maryland at the forefront in ensuring individuals can access the birth control that is right for them. This groundbreaking legislation passed with overwhelming support, including nationally unprecedented bi-partisan vote counts.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM), working with many community partners, led the efforts to pass House Bill 1005/Senate Bill 848, sponsored by Delegate Ariana Kelly (District 16) and Senator Delores Kelley (District 10). Significant gains in contraceptive coverage have been achieved in recent years; however barriers to contraception coverage continue to exist. This new law will ensure that individuals can access the birth control that works best for them by:
- Eliminating most co-payments for birth control and contraception
- Allowing women to receive six months of birth control at one time
- Providing insurance coverage for over-the-counter contraceptive medications, i.e., emergency contraception like Plan B
- Taking away with co-payments for vasectomies for men
- Lifting pre-authorizations on IUDs and LARCs.
PPM looks forward to working with our supporters on the implementation of this law, which goes into affect January 1, 2018. We want every Marylander to know how this law can improve their access to birth control and how it improves public health by lowering a woman's chance of an unintended pregnancy.
PPM works toward expanding access to birth control every day, by providing high-quality reproductive health care, no matter what and has been proud to provide critical advocacy for this bill. Every year, PPM provides over 25,000 patients with birth control and believes that access to reproductive resources and information is a fundamental right for all Marylanders in order to reach their fullest potential.
Check Out PPM in the News:
Business Insider - Maryland passed a law to give women access to free birth control
New York Magazine - Maryland Women Will Have the Easiest Access to Contraception in America
MIC - Maryland Just Took a Huge Step For Women by Offering Free Birth Control
Reason Magazine - Contraceptive Equity Act Promises "Free Vasectomies and Emergency Contraception In Maryland"
Washington Post - Hogan signs bill to make birth control cheaper
Think Progress - Maryland Passes The Most Sweeping Birth Control Access Law In The Country
Rewire - Maryland Moves to the Forefront in Birth Control Access
BuzzFeed - Maryland Just Made Birth Control, Plan B, And Vasectomies Free
Inquistr - New Maryland Bill For Contraceptive Equity Just Made All Birth Control Methods Including Vasectomies Free
Uproxx - Maryland Makes A Huge Leap Forward In Birth-Control Availability
The Baltimore Sun - New law puts Maryland at 'forefront' of birth control access
The Washington Post - Hogan signs bill to make birth control cheaper
WJZ 13 Baltimore - New Md. Law Makes Birth Control More Affordable, Accessible
WBAL 11 - New law mandates coverage for some contraception