FACT CHECK — White House: Hawaii Birth Control Law Doesn't Raise Insurance Premiums

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The White House said Friday that a Hawaii law requiring health insurance companies to cover birth control hasn't resulted in higher premiums.

The assertion comes while the White House is fending off criticism about a new health care reform law that requires insurers to cover contraception. The controversy escalated when Catholic leaders raised alarms that religious employers would have to pay for birth control, which runs afoul of church beliefs.

The White House press office released a fact sheet that said the following:

Covering contraception saves money for insurance companies by keeping women healthy and preventing spending on other health services. For example, there was no increase in premiums when contraception was added to the Federal Employees Health Benefit System and required of non-religious employers in Hawaii.

We contacted the White House press office, local health insurance companies, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division and the National Women's Law Center.

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