NU Online News Service, July 7, 2003, 5:08 p.m. EDT – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Republican, has signed H.B. 211, a bill that requires state-regulated major medical plans that cover prescription drugs to provide the same level of coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices.
Another section of the law based on H.B. 211 requires state-regulated health plans that cover outpatient medical services to cover examinations and other procedures related to contraception.
The new law does not require insurers to cover abortion services, according to the bill text.
Health insurers recently have persuaded lawmakers in Colorado, New Hampshire and other states to ease some restrictions on health insurers.