Today, I’m on an extended cycle of birth control pills to cut down on the risk of cysts and tumors and keep my remaining ovary functional."
I couldn’t imagine affording this contraception without my insurance, and believe it should be covered by all insurances."
From a friend I grew up with. I had no idea she had PCOS. This is why we
as women have to share our stories, as my friend did. It helps those who
care about us know how important policies affecting women’s health are.
GEORGETOWN LAW STUDENTS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE’S STATEMENT ON GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY’S ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE IN STUDENT INSURANCE
For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 26, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice released the following statement:
“Georgetown LSRJ is deeply disturbed to learn that Georgetown University President John DeGioia has decided not to comply with the final rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring comprehensive contraceptive coverage in 2012 student insurance. Georgetown could have complied by either fully implementing contraceptive coverage themselves or by simply stepping back and letting insurers fulfill their legal duty of providing this critical care to students directly without university involvement or funding.
“We believe President DeGioia’s decision is an affront to the health concerns of the Georgetown student body. Georgetown LSRJ has extensively documented that Georgetown’s current policy does not adequately meet students’ medical needs for contraception. Sixty-five percent of surveyed students who reported attempting to use the ‘medical need only’ coverage reported barriers to actually receiving insurance reimbursement. Many students are unable to obtain coverage despite having doctor-verified medical needs such as polycystic ovarian syndrome. President DeGioia’s retort that students are free to purchase other insurance on the open market exposes a lack of understanding of how financially unfeasible that would be.
“Unfortunately, President DeGioia never responded to our April 21 request for a meeting to discuss this critical issue. Having heard from almost 800 Georgetown University Law Center students and numerous members of the faculty through a campus-wide petition and through individual correspondence, and having been told that additional medical school, graduate, and undergraduate students were preparing petitions, we believe that it is disrespectful that President DeGioia, as the head of our university community, did not at least meet with students who have expressed legitimate and important concerns. Accordingly, Georgetown LSRJ remains open to a meeting with President DeGioia at any time.
“Among our unanswered concerns, President DeGioia has yet to explain how covering contraception for faculty and staff but not for students is consistent with the Jesuit mission of Georgetown. In order to qualify for the HHS exemption allowing religiously-affiliated universities to delay contraception coverage until 2013, Georgetown must certify that it has a moral objection to contraception coverage. President DeGioia has yet to explain how Georgetown University plans to certify to the federal government that it has a moral objection to contraception coverage when it has long provided full contraception coverage for faculty and staff, excluding only students. We hoped to raise these and other issues at our meeting with him.