In Reversal, Albany Now Supports Women's Choice Of Birth Control
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Albany is ordering health insurers not to deny women their choice of contraceptives – or face the loss of state contracts.
The state issued the warning after some women on Medicaid were told to use a cheaper, generic brand instead of their regular method.
It was part of a state cost-cutting measure put in place back in October.
According to the rule, if the generic version failed then patients could go back to their preferred form of birth control.
But Albany changed its tune after an uproar from women's advocates, who said failure of the medicine can not only lead to pregnancy, but serious health problems as well.