WA fines insurer for denied contraceptive coverage



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State regulators have fined Regence BlueShield $100,000 for denying full contraceptive coverage to nearly 1,000 women.

The office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Monday that the company covered the insertion of intrauterine contraceptive devices but denied coverage for their removal. Kreidler’s office says the company maintained that the removal was not medically necessary.

Regulators ordered the company to reprocess 984 claims back to 2002.

State officials learned about the violation after a consumer complained. Kreidler encouraged people who feel they’ve been unjustly denied coverage to call his office.

A spokeswoman for Regence did not immediately return a call seeking comment.