Wouldn't it be cool if we lived in a state where markets were allowed to be truly free? Where we could choose whichever health insurance plan best fit our needs? And where insurers could choose not to provide legally-mandated contraceptive coverage to women without fear of bureaucrats slapping them with $100,000 fines?
In a more perfect world--in a world where companies like Regence BlueShield are freed up from government red tape--removing an intrauterine device from a woman's uterus would only be medically necessary in cases where it threatened the woman's life, not merely because it had passed its sell-by date or because the woman wanted to get pregnant.
Even the cloudiest days can produce a glimmer of sunshine, however, and this case is no exception. Though it ended up with Regence having to pay a $100,000 fine on top of $148,000 in unpaid claims plus interest dating back to 2002 to 984 women, consider that only one of those nearly 1,000 women "wrongly" denied coverage of contraceptive removal complained to the government.
That's right: One fewer complaint and this whole travesty would never have happened.