Urgent: Action Needed to Protect Women’s Healthcare
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CWEALF is an active member of the Coalition for Choice, a group advocating for the protection of reproductive rights and freedom here in Connecticut. This legislative session, CWEALF and the Coalition for Choice support S.B. 586: An Act Expanding Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents, which will ensure the protection of preventive health care benefits, including contraception, with no cost-sharing or co-pays as provided in the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Bill No. 586 sends a strong message to women and families across our state that Connecticut will provide access to preventive health care regardless of threats to the Affordable Care Act at the national level.
Now, we need your help! Contact your state legislators and tell them why S.B. 586 is so critical to women and families in our state. Unsure of who represents you? Find your legislators here: http://bit.ly/PoliticalDirectory.
Talking Points for S.B. 586: AA Expanding Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents
In Congress, politicians have been working overtime to rip healthcare away from Americans, eliminate no co-pay birth control for 55 million women, and shut down Planned Parenthood. Together, these policies would be devastating to women’s health care in this country. Access to health care is a human right, and women should have this right regardless of what happens in D.C.
Protect the Women’s Preventive Services in the Affordable Care Act
- SB 586 will preserve women's access to contraception and other preventive health services with no out of pocket cost, in the state, which is essential to women's health and well-being. This proactive policy measure will guarantee one of the key benefits for women’s health care in the ACA.
- Other states have passed similar legislation Vermont, California, Illinois and Maryland, and similar legislation is proceeding in Oregon and Massachusetts.
- Under the Women’s Health Amendment of the ACA, most private insurance plans, including employer plans, must fully cover the costs of what are known as “women’s preventive services”. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an arm of Department of Health and Human Services, defines which preventive services are covered. These regulatory requirements could be attacked, including reducing or eliminating coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives.
The ACA has improved healthcare access and quality in Connecticut.
- The CT uninsured rate in 2015 was at 6% --one of the lowest in the country.
- More than 55 million women, including 746,444 of Connecticut women, have gained access to no-copay birth control in the private insurance market, and approximately 16.7 million women benefit from Medicaid coverage, which also covers birth control at no cost.
- Out-of-pocket costs for birth control can cost a woman up to $600 per year. This is unaffordable for those who are struggling to make ends meet.
For more information, contact Gretchen Raffa at Gretchen.Raffa@ppsne.org.
By CWEALF at 3 May 2017, 11:25 AM
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