The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association and the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) are hosting a webinar on the Massachusetts ACCESS Law: Understanding Required Contraceptive Coverage, scheduled for Friday, July 30, 2021, from 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Massachusetts ACCESS Law: Understanding required contraceptive coverage, including for 12 month prescriptions
A February 2021 article in Commonwealth magazine
by reporter Sarah Betancourt has focused attention on a 2017 law that among other things allows women to receive a 12-month supply of birth control, instead of requiring them to visit a pharmacy each month. The problem, the article pointed out, is that no one promoted the 12-month provision so hardly anyone took advantage of it.
In an effort to increase awareness, the DOI is hosting a virtual meeting in collaboration with MPhA on July 30, 2021 from 12:00 – 12:30 to clarify insurance benefits for contraceptive coverage, including required coverage for up to a 12-month contraceptive prescription.
During the meeting, Kevin Beagan, Deputy Commissioner for the Health Care Access Bureau, will discuss covered benefits, required waiver of cost-sharing and the availability of filling a 12-month prescription after the first contraceptive prescription is provided to a person. Following the DOI presentation there will be time for individuals to ask questions that may be used in a future Question and Answer document.
Those who are able to attend should join the Webinar
, or if participating by telephone, by dialing 857-327-9245
. Phone conference ID 139 968 190#
For those unable to participate on Friday, July 30 at 12:00 p.m., a second session will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting will also be recorded.