My husband would like to get a vasectomy but when I checked with our insurer, they told me that the plan would cover my sterilization without cost sharing but we would have to pay part of the costs for his procedure. What is the reason for that?

DWQA QuestionsMy husband would like to get a vasectomy but when I checked with our insurer, they told me that the plan would cover my sterilization without cost sharing but we would have to pay part of the costs for his procedure. What is the reason for that?
HealthTNHealthTN Staff asked 3 years ago

My husband would like to get a vasectomy but when I checked with our insurer, they told me that the plan would cover my sterilization without cost sharing but we would have to pay part of the costs for his procedure. What is the reason for that?

1 Answers
HealthTNHealthTN Staff answered 3 years ago

Contraceptives, including sterilization, are covered only for women as preventive services. Since sterilization for men is not considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act, plans are not required to cover and can charge a co-payment for vasectomies.