BOSTON – On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H.4009, An Act advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security in our state, or the ACCESS Bill which prevents insurance providers from denying women access to their preferred birth control method because of an inability to afford it.
The legislation was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (Worcester – D), Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, and House Chairman John Scibak.
“We didn’t ever imagine that the Trump Administration and Congress would be so brazen in their attacks on women’s access to health care,” said Chandler. “If Washington is going to be hostile towards programs that are working, we need to be prepared. When given a chance to make these programs work even better – to ensure that they’re entrenched and enforced and even more accessible – we’re going to seize that opportunity to advance women’s health.”
This law is the first of its kind in Massachusetts, enacted in direct response to President Donald Trump’s healthcare policy changes. The new law will be effective immediately, but consumers can expect to see changes reflected in their health plans as soon as six months from today.