Thank you Representative Jackie Speier for uncovering a problem with CVS charging women incorrectly for their birth control prescriptions – learn more about what happened and how Rep. Speier has worked to push for the issue to be addressed.
From the Huffington Post article:
“The issue was brought to public light by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) after one of her staffers was charged a $20 copay when trying to buy generic birth control at a CVS in Washington, D.C. Such a copay is illegal under the Affordable Care Act. Speier wrote a letter to Larry Merlo, the CEO of CVS, earlier this month.”
From an RH Reality Check article:
“Customers with questions about an illegal co-pay charge are also encouraged to call 1-800-704-6589 and ask to speak with a Tier 2 representative or supervisor so that their issue will be heard by a more senior staff member with override capabilities.
The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of preventive women’s health services, including contraception, with no cost-sharing under federal law. But Speier said she feared many women don’t know their rights under the law, and would either be charged unnecessarily or even go without birth control entirely if they couldn’t afford the co-pay.”
Has this problem happened to you or someone you know in California? If so, let us know by calling (916) 446-5247 - after calling, press "0" to transfer directly to the operator and report what happened.