Washington requires full private insurance coverage of immediate postpartum contraception (IPPC)

August 18, 2022

The state of Washington recently passed a first-in-the-nation law requiring full private insurance coverage of immediate postpartum contraception (IPPC).With the new law, hospital systems are able to commit to providing IPPC to patients because of the guaranteed coverage. Upstream USA, one of the co-writers of the bill, is a non-profit organization providing free training and technical assistance to health care systems, to help them provide patient-centered contraceptive care, including IPPC. If you’re interested in partnering with Upstream and bringing IPPC to your practice, fill out this form or reach out to Felicia Hernandez at fhernandez@upstream.org.

Access to IPPC is associated with higher patient satisfaction, longer contraceptive coverage, fewer unintended pregnancies, and cost savings for payers and health care systems compared to outpatient postpartum insertion.

The patient-centered program includes:

  • CME-accredited contraceptive care and IPPC training for licensed and non-licensed staff
  • Customized technical assistance to improve workflow, stocking, billing and more
  • Patient education materials, industry-leading data solutions, and financial resources to help offset time spent on practice change
  • $50,000-$75,000 in milestone payments to offset staff time and operational costs

(Mary Kay Ausenhus)



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