Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state says its Medicaid program now covers contraceptive devices for women who don’t want to get pregnant soon after giving birth.

Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Thursday that New York is one of the first states covering intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants.

Officials made the policy change in the spring. Now they’re going public encouraging health providers to ensure women get the $350 to $700 devices immediately after delivery. They’re also calling on private insurers to follow their lead.

Zucker says the devices are 99 percent effective and do not affect the ability to get pregnant in the future.

City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says 3 out of 5 pregnancies in New York City are unplanned. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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