The change, announced Monday by
"This policy change should help to increase usage by 6 percent and help to prevent unintended pregnancies -- saving millions of dollars,"
But because this "bundled" payment falls far short of the actual costs of these long-acting contraceptives -- which can range from
In 2012, according to the Pew article,
At least 16 other states have followed
The Wolf administration decided to make the change after the federal
"This is a public health issue that crosses both economic and social lines,"
Contraceptive implants and IUDs are highly effective, reversible methods that can prevent pregnancy for three to 10 years. Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, all forms of birth control are considered preventive health care and must be covered with no out-of-pocket costs by
(c)2016 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Visit The Philadelphia Inquirer at www.philly.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.