The Healthcare Reform's Effect on Mirena Lawsuit Settlements

December 17, 2012

Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins are currently evaluating Mirena IUD lawsuits. Mirena and other forms of birth control are now covered under the Affordable Healthcare Act, though the damaging and serious side effects of the IUD continue to affect woman throughout the country.

1314903_medical_doctor.jpg President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act is breaking ground in many unprecedented areas, most notably in woman's contraception. As of August 2012, insurance companies stopped requiring co-pays for birth control as mandated by the Act. This regulation is a huge step in the fight for woman's preventative services. Last year, the Act required insurance companies to cover pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies and prenatal care. All FDA-approved forms of birth control are now covered, including the pill, morning-after methods, IUDs, injectables, and sterilization procedures.

Although Mirena is approved by the FDA, the agency itself has released numerous modifications to their warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions of the product. Mirena is also included in the FDA's MedWatch reports, which follows reports of serious problems with human medical products.

The Act also requires insurers to cover contraceptive counseling and education for women of reproduction age, which is especially important for women considering IUD implantation. Because the initial cost of implantation was so expensive (nearly $1,000), women were often deterred from using the devise. With the Act, members with full insurance will not pay any cost share for Mirena, making it more available to women throughout the country who could otherwise not afford it. The inclusion of counseling and education will enable women to make the best decision for their well being. Those who would otherwise depend completely on word-of-mouth or online research to compare methods are now be able to be individually counseled by a medical professional.

Doctors are able to go into depth about the potential dangers of Mirena, which include serious and life-threatening side effects. Because Mirena is now an affordable option, women must be educated on all potential risks to their health, which are extensive and may be devastating in some cases. Doctors are currently only recommending Mirena to women with at least one child, in part because of the risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can cause infertility. The risk of infertility and internal scarring is also heightened if you contract an STI while Mirena is implanted.

Mirena is now covered for about 3 out of 4 patients will health insurance, however those using Medicaid will have to wait until January 1st, 2013 to be covered. This is an extraordinary development when looking back 20 years, when contraceptives were not covered at all by most insurance plans. Despite national debate and Congressional attempts to repeal the law, the Act will continue to be mandated until 2014, when the final regulations will be enforced. The 2014 mandates include preventing insurers to charge women higher premiums than men for having female-only issues, such as Cesarean sections, and requiring maternity care coverage.

Mirena prevents unwanted pregnancies by releasing doses of estrogen and progesterone, which can stop ovulation completely. The long-term effects of preventing ovulation are still largely unknown, although numerous reports have surfaced of women experiencing repeated miscarriages after removing the Mirena IUD device. It can take up to a year for menstruation to return, and even longer for the body's natural cycle to normalize.

Side effects of Mirena are vast and reports continue to rise; they can be as mild as cramping or headaches, and as devastating as seizures, severe depression, and even death. In some cases, harmful side effects did not stop after removal. If you used a Mirena IUD and experienced any serious health complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Drug recall attorneys at Pintas & Mullins offer free legal consultations and are currently accepting Mirena cases.