Women worry about NY Medicaid contraceptive policy
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York women receiving Medicaid-paid contraceptives are being told they can’t get their preferred, brand-name methods unless a generic version “fails first,” which could include pregnancy.
Other failures are bleeding and nausea.
Women’s reproductive advocates, the state Health Department and private health insurers who handle Medicaid prescriptions are working to advise women they can appeal denials prompted by a cost-cutting measure adopted Oct. 1.
One advocacy group says it gets daily calls from women being denied contraceptives they have used for months or years. The group notes a key to effective contraceptives is comfort with the method.
It’s unclear how many women are being denied.
The state Department of Health says it’s trying to work through the concern now to ensure access to contraceptives for all women using Medicaid.