INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES

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INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Zolman, Robyn E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-15T20:29:02Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citation INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES (2002 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8889475
dc.description.abstract Since the FDA approved the first oral contraceptive in the 1960s, prescription contraceptives have become a major part of women’s health care. Yet even though contraceptives are central to women’s health, most insurers refuse to include coverage for prescription contraceptives in their prescription drug plans. This paper explains why contraceptives are vital to women’s health, and why the refusal to include this coverage in health insurance plans has a discriminatory effect on women. It then describes the developments in the recent movement to mandate that all health plans include prescription contraceptive coverage, detailing the progress that has been made through legislative lobbying in the state legislatures and in Congress, and through litigation in the federal courts. This description emphasizes how the reforms effected on these various government levels interact, and how success on all three levels is necessary to ensure a truly comprehensive national mandate of prescription contraceptive coverage. It also discusses the impact of the movements to switch oral contraceptives to over-the-counter status and to institute a no-fault liability scheme to address products liability suits against contraceptive manufacturers on the contraceptive coverage movement. It concludes that while the contraceptive coverage movement has seen remarkable success, there is much work to be done, and recommends a primary focus on litigation as the most promising strategy for achieving sweeping reform. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject women en
dc.subject women's health en
dc.subject contraception en
dc.subject contraceptives en
dc.subject insurance coverage en
dc.subject prescription contraceptives en
dc.title INSURANCE COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION CONTRACEPTIVES en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-15T20:29:02Z

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