With health care under attack from Washington, DC, Connecticut leaders and lawmakers must push back against federal changes that would compromise Connecticut residents’ health.
One way Connecticut lawmakers can preserve the gains in women’s health under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to put similar protections into state law, so that no matter what happens in DC, women in Connecticut are protected.
Senate Bill 586 does exactly this. It makes sure that:
- Women in the state have access to effective contraception without co-payments.
- Ensures that insurance plans in Connecticut cover:
- Male and female sterilization
- Reproductive health screenings and counseling, which includes:
- Smoking cessation
- Domestic violence screenings
- Well woman visits
- Breast cancer risk assessments
- STD screening and counseling
- Screenings for Hepatitis B
- Screenings for osteoporosis
- Screenings for pregnant women for
- Gestational diabetes
- Urinary tract infections
- Breastfeeding support and supplies
- More info on this bill on this fact sheet
Why is this important?
- This is a women’s health issue. Birth control is part of basic preventive health care for women, and is used not only for family planning, but to treat other women’s health concerns, such as endometriosis and menstruation related issues.
- This is a child’s health issue. Some of these benefits are critical for women to have healthy babies. As a state, ensuring the health of our children is important to the future of Connecticut.
- This is an affordability issue. Nationally, women saved more than $1.4 billion in out-of-pocket costs on birth control pills since the benefit was instituted under the ACA.
The Foundation testified in support of Senate Bill 586:
- “Removing the financial barrier to no-cost prescription contraception has numerous benefits, including helping women access the contraception that works for them – and affordability is a critical part of accessing health care. This bill allows women and their partners to better plan having a family, at a time that is right for them, regardless of their financial situation. This bill ensures that women can invest in their own educational and professional opportunities before tackling the responsibilities of parenthood – and so putting themselves in a better situation to raise healthy children.”
- Read our complete testimony here.
Call your state legislators and tell them you support Senate Bill 586 and they should too!
To find your state Senator and Representative, go to Find Your Legislators.
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