Vermont's top insurance providers will reimburse improper charges for contraception
Vermont's top three insurance companies will reimburse customers for more than $1.5 million in improper charges for contraception coverage.
That's following a two-year audit by the state Department of Financial Regulation.
The agency says Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and MVP Insurance all wrongfully shifted out-of-pocket costs to Vermonters related to vasectomies and prescribed contraceptives, among other things, dating back to 2017.
DFR began its audit in 2021 after receiving complaints, and pored over 250,000 medical claims, finding 14,000 of them in violation of state and federal law.
Sebastian Arduengo is Assistant General Counsel for the DFR.
"This is really the first settlement of this kind that we've had in Vermont, really the first time that we've looked at an insurance mandate like contraception to see how these claims are being paid," Arduengo says.
"In general, the violations were unintentional and really caused by lack of guidance at the federal level associated with contraceptive coverage," Arduengo says.
Arduengo says contraceptive coverage in Vermont is not subject to co-pays or deductibles, and that all three insurers complied with the audit.
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