On August 16, 2004, Wisconsin became the 21st state to require
private-sector insurance coverage of prescription contraceptives.
According to Wisconsin Attorney General Peggy A. Lautenschlager, the
requirement "is aimed directly at correcting an inequity that, if left
unchecked, will continue to compromise women's health-and women's right
to equal health care."
The attorney general's opinion states that the failure of an employer or
a state college or university to include contraceptive coverage in a
benefit plan that covers other prescription drugs is a violation of
state law prohibiting sex discrimination. It cites similar rulings under
federal law by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and
federal district court in Washington State.
To learn about the status of state contraceptive requirements, click
To read the text of the Wisconsin attorney general's opinion, click here
To read about the history of the campaign to improve contraceptive
coverage, click here
To read a recent study demonstrating the impact of state mandates on
improving contraceptive coverage in the United States, click here
A summary of that
study's findings and their implications can be found here
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