Benefit Update: Religious-affiliated Organizations and Contraceptive Services

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded coverage for women’s preventive services to require coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive services, devices and prescription drugs.

Because religious-affiliated organizations may decline to include this expanded coverage in their benefits, coverage for contraceptive services, devices and drugs will be made available through separate benefits. Therefore, Independent Health will issue a separate Women’s Wellness ID Card to members of these groups. The Member ID number on this card is different from the Member ID number for their other medical services (see example below).

ID Card

Please submit claims related to the following services using the Member ID Number that appears on the Women’s Wellness ID Card: sterilization surgery; sterilization implant; implantable rod; intrauterine device (IUD) and injections.

Patients with current prescriptions for contraceptive drugs that have refills remaining do not need a new prescription.

If you have any questions, please contact Independent Health’s Provider Services Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (716) 631-8071. Thank you.

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