Dems Call for Crackdown on Insurers Over Birth Control Mandate

Senate Democrats are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to take action against health insurance companies that are ignoring an ObamaCare provision that guarantees free or low-cost birth control, which they call a “troubling nationwide trend.”

A group of 38 Democrats sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Tuesday raising alarms that some insurance companies and pharmacies are making it difficult for women to access contraception.

“We write with serious concerns that some insurers are failing to uphold the standards set in the Affordable Care Act and as a result leaving women without the health care services they are entitled to under the law,” the letter reads.

The senators urge Burwell to better inform insurance companies about the birth control rule and to push states to develop their own “plans of action for compliance.”