Congratulations, Maryland: Your birth control just got cheaper.
Thanks to a new law, Maryland now has what some are calling “the most expansive insurance coverage for contraception in the country.” The law — which actually won’t take effect for another year and a half — prohibits co-pays for contraceptive drugs (including non-generic versions) and procedures. It requires insurance coverage for over-the-counter contraceptives, such as the morning after pill, and also eliminates the co-pays for vasectomies. Supporters of the bill argued that it would ultimately lower costs to the system.
“Maryland is on the forefront across the board with this act,” Karen Nelson, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, told Think Progress. “Many other states are implementing piecemeal provisions, but there’s nothing as comprehensive as this act.”