As I noted on March 4, Sandra Fluke mentioned in her own testimony that Georgetown University does provide coverage for students who need prescriptions – including birth control – for health reasons unrelated to birth control. Georgetown confirmed that position this week.
Of course, since the fact that Georgetown did cover prescriptions for health-related issues did not fit the narrative liberals, Democrats and the main stream media was looking for, it was ignored. Nobody in the media followed up with Fluke concerning her “friends” who were supposedly denied coverage for health issues that could be treated with birth control. Fluke mentioned …
For my friend, and 20% of women in her situation, she never got the insurance company to cover her prescription, despite verification of her illness from her doctor. Her claim was denied repeatedly on the assumption that she really wanted the birth control to prevent pregnancy.
This is and continues to be a First Amendment issue, and has nothing to do with contraception or a “war on women.”
Georgetown’s president clearly states (below) that the university covers prescriptions for students “who require them for health reasons unrelated to birth control, as determined by a physician”. Steve Gilbert at Sweetness & Light notes that line – politely – calls Fluke a liar. Still waiting for the media to look into that, but I’m not holding my breath.
John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University writes in an email to the community…
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
I write to you regarding Georgetown’s health insurance and contraceptive coverage in our plans. Many members of our community have expressed different perspectives on this issue. I am grateful for the respectful ways in which you have shared your opinions.
As you know, like most universities, Georgetown requires that students have health insurance. Students are not required to purchase their health insurance through Georgetown University and are free to acquire health insurance through a third party. The student plan offered by Georgetown is consistent with our Catholic and Jesuit identity and does not cover prescription contraceptives for birth control. It does provide coverage for these prescriptions for students who require them for health reasons unrelated to birth control, as determined by a physician.
After thoughtful and careful consideration, we will continue our current practice for contraceptive coverage in our student health insurance for the coming year, as allowed for under the current rules issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
There will also be no change to the University’s approach to contraceptive coverage for employees for 2013.
We will be monitoring further regulatory and judicial developments related to the Affordable Care Act. I hope this is helpful in clarifying a matter of concern to many of you.
You have my very best wishes as we conclude our academic year.
John J. DeGioia