When a male erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, hit the U.S. market in 1998, health insurers quickly covered it under their plans. In contrast, many insurers still required female health consumers to pay out-of-pocket for their birth control prescriptions.
Women's groups immediately protested this inequitable treatment. Those in support of "contraceptive equity" brought the issue to state legislatures and to Congress. Yet as of December 2002, only 20 of America's fifty states have adopted laws requiring health insurers to cover prescription contraceptives under their plans. And a federal bill, known as Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage (EPICC), has not been passed into law.
Do you think American health insurers should cover birth control pill prescriptions?