If you are a forty year old working woman, federal law mandates that your birth control must be covered by your health insurance and it must be “free” regardless of your ability to pay.
If you are a 65 year old man, federal law mandates that your insurance (Medicare Part D) cannot cover a prescription medication for ED.
Somehow our lawmakers have concluded that not getting pregnant is a medical condition while having a disabled body part isn’t. The “free” part presents a conundrum. Given the cost of a months supply of birth control pills costs less than one ED pill, perhaps if there were a co-pay for the birth control pill, the Feds would be able to afford subsidies for the ED pill? LOL
Can there be any doubt who has the better lobby in Congress?
There is a bright spot for taxpayers though. If a forty year old women married a 65 year old man, taxpayers would not be paying for the husbands medication and there would be no need to pay for the wife’s “free” pills either 😎
Effective January 1, 2007, P.L. No. 109-91, section 103, amended section 1860D-2(e)(2)(A) of the Act to exclude from the statutory definition of a Part D drug “… a drug when used for the treatment of sexual or erectile dysfunction, unless such drug were used to treat a condition, other than sexual or erectile dysfunction, for which the drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration” (FDA). An erectile dysfunction (ED) drug meets the definition of a Part D drug when it is prescribed for medically accepted indications other than sexual or erectile dysfunction (such as pulmonary hypertension) for which the drug has been approved by FDA.