Jen Klein, assistant to the president and director of the Gender Policy Council, told reporters that the order serves as a roadmap for Biden’s priorities — but the administration did not provide a specific timeline for the agencies.
The order, he said, will begin work and show the agencies that the White House “will be close to trying to implement these policies. “
It directed the departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor to consider new guidance that states that private plans must cover all types of contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Under the 2010 health care law, most plans must cover at least one type of contraceptive per category without a copay. Individuals seeking a form of contraception that is not covered must appeal through an exemption process.
Klein said the order looks to expand the products covered and streamline the exemptions process.