Frequently Asked Questions about Contraceptive Coverage

For Students on the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan

When did the changes to the University’s student health insurance plan related to the coverage of contraceptives take effect?
The changes to the student health insurance plan related to contraceptive coverage took effect August 15, 2018. 

Why did the University make changes with regard to contraceptive coverage under its medical plans?
Fr. Jenkins sent a letter to the campus community in February 2018 explaining the reasons for the changes. To read the letter, please visit here.

How were the decisions made about which contraceptives would be covered under the University’s medical plans?
Recommendations about coverage were formulated after consultation with moral theologians and medical experts, and considering comments from the University community. These recommendations were then approved by Fr. Jenkins.  

Where can I get more information about the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception?
For more information about Catholic teaching on contraceptives, please visit the Office of Human Resources website here .

Which contraceptive drugs are covered under the University’s student health insurance plan?
Hormonal contraceptives whose primary purpose is either to prevent ovulation and/or to prevent fertilization are covered. Enrollees of the University's student health insurance plan should contact the insurer, currently Aetna Student Health (888-294-7406), with questions about the specific oral contraceptives, injectables, hormonal patches, and vaginal rings that are included in the formulary effective August 15. Those contraceptives that have as their primary function the prevention of implantation or interference with the development of a pregnancy are not covered under the University’s plans. Emergency contraceptives are also not covered.

Are IUDs and contraceptive implants covered under the University’s student health insurance plan?
Certain IUDs and contraceptive implants are covered under the University’s student health insurance plan, specifically those that have as their primary mechanism either the prevention of ovulation and/or the prevention of fertilization. (Note: Because IUDs and implants require placement by a medical provider, the provision of these forms of contraception is considered a medical service.) Copper IUDs are not covered.

What Natural Family Planning services are covered under the University’s student health insurance plan? 
Counseling and Instructional office visits that are associated with Natural Family Planning, as well as essential equipment, such as fertility monitors and the associated testing strips, are covered under the plan.  

Is there a co-payment for contraceptive drugs and services as there is for other drugs and services under the University's student health insurance plan?
Yes, the out-of-pocket costs for contraceptives are the same as for other drugs and services under the University's student health insurance plan.

Can University Health Services (UHS) physicians prescribe contraceptives? Can these prescriptions be filled at the Walgreens Pharmacy in Saint Liam Hall?
While the University does not promote the use of contraceptives, the physicians at UHS may use their medical judgment in the context of the confidential physician-patient relationship to prescribe those contraceptive drugs covered by the University’s student health insurance plan to graduate and post-baccalaureate students. Graduate and post-baccalaureate students can also fill their prescriptions for contraceptives at the Walgreens in Saint Liam Hall. 

Because of the University’s commitment in the context of its Catholic mission to the formation of undergraduates, we will continue the policy of not providing these services to undergraduates at UHS unless a prescription for contraceptives is needed to treat approved medical conditions. Prescriptions for medical conditions can continue to be filled at the Walgreens in Saint Liam Hall.

Can I appeal if my physician recommends a contraceptive that is not covered under the University’s student health insurance plan?
Yes, just as there is an appeal process for other drugs and services that are not covered under the plan, you can file an appeal, based on medical necessity, for coverage. To initiate an appeal, your provider should contact Aetna Student Health at 888-294-7406.

I have other questions about the contraceptive coverage that is provided under the University's student health insurance plan. Where can I get more information?
Refer to the Aetna Plan Summary.