September 11, 2014
James Pollack – 202-225-3531 (W)/ 202-731-0909 (C)
Katrina Rill – 650-342-0300 (W) / (650) 208-7441 (C)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) sent a letter today to Gregory D. Wasson, President and CEO of Walgreens, to correct and provide remedies to consumers who have been charged an illegal co-pay for generic contraceptives at Walgreens pharmacies.
“Since the release of the letter I sent to CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo on September 9th, my office has begun to receive a number of responses from women throughout my Congressional District, and around the country” Congresswoman Speier said. “I worry that many women may not know their rights under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and may go without this essential family planning service guaranteed to them under law. CVS Health, Walgreens, and all other pharmacies and health coverage providers who have experienced this issue must get to the bottom of how widespread these unlawful charges were, and make sure that all of the individuals who were charged are reimbursed.”
The ACA’s “Women’s Health Amendment,” or section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act, requires coverage of women’s health preventive services, including contraception, without cost sharing. The Women’s Health Amendment was put in place so that women could no longer be discriminated against for being women when accessing health insurance coverage.
As Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subcommittee, Congresswoman Speier requested follow up information from Wasson, including an estimated timeline for when the issue will be fully fixed.