Change to Treatment of FDA-Approved Prescription Contraceptive Drugs and Devices

On July 5, 2018, Gov. Sununu signed SB 421 to require plans that provide coverage for hospital and medical expenses and prescription drug coverage to also provide coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices under the same terms and conditions that apply to other prescription drugs. Specifically, employers can’t impose utilization review requirements or other limitations to control the prescribing or dispensing of contraceptives to amounts that are less than a 12-month supply, if that quantity is prescribed. Insurers aren’t required to provide coverage for more than a 12-month supply of a contraception prescription in a single dispensing per plan year.

This bill becomes effective on and after Jan. 1, 2019. This bill contains no new employer obligations, but employers with fully insured plans in New Hampshire should review the new law to better understand the required changes.

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