Condoms are now free in Washington State to those with insurance

Condoms are now free for Washingtonians with health insurance

Over-the-counter contraceptives, such as condoms, are now free to Washington State residents with health insurance.

The Reproductive Parity Act

Following six years of Republican obstruction, the Reproductive Parity Act was finally passed last year. Starting on 1 January 2019, Washingtonians with state-regulated health insurance (including Medicaid) can pick up over-the-counter contraceptives at their in-network pharmacies for no cost.

According to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of Washington State, these contraceptives include ‘condoms, spermicides, emergency contraceptives, and sponges.’

Additionally, this new policy also covers sterilizations and vasectomies, as well as free abortions to those whose health plans cover maternity services.

What people are saying

Various Washington-based politicians, advocacy groups, and organizations praised this new law.

People benefitting from the new law also expressed their excitement and gratitude on social media.

The Washington branch of NARAL Pro-Choice took to Twitter to show how Washington’s Reproductive Parity Act is influencing the legislation of other states, such as Connecticut.

Author: Rafaella Gunz

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