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Letter: State Senate should pass contraception coverage bill

State Senate should pass contraception coverage bill

In 2010, New York State was one of the top three states for unintended pregnancy. Under President Trump’s proposed health care plan, access to contraception will be significantly reduced for all Americans. In New York State, we have an opportunity to preserve access to safe and affordable contraception for our citizens. The Assembly passed a bill, the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, to do just that, and we have the opportunity to see it move through the State Senate before the end of this legislative session.

The bill would require all state-governed health insurance policies to provide cost-free coverage for all FDA-approved methods of birth control, including vasectomies. In addition, the bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraception in the same way that they provide flu shots, significantly reducing the burden of cost and time when accessing emergency contraception. Finally, the bill would allow women to fill a year’s supply of contraception, which is shown to reduce a woman’s chances of an unwanted pregnancy by 30 percent.

For the third year in a row the State Senate has yet to pass the bill, letting it die in committee rather than go in front of the full Senate for a vote. We all need to contact our state senators and tell them to pass the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act this session to ensure that our residents continue to have access to preventative health care, regardless of what Congress does.

Claire T. Sellers


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