BOSTON- Members of the Massachusetts state legislature took steps last week to ensure women statewide will have comprehensive access to contraceptive services without restriction or co-payment.
Sponsors of the Contraceptive ACCESS Act – Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, and House Chairman John Scibak – testified last Tuesday before the Joint Committee on Financial Services in support of the bill, which prevents insurance providers from denying women access to their preferred birth control method because of an inability to afford it.
“A woman’s choice in contraceptive coverage is between a woman and her healthcare provider,” Chandler said. “Given the risk the current administration poses to women’s health, it is imperative that we pass this legislation to protect all women in the Commonwealth – no matter their financial ability.”
Attorney General Maura Healey, the Massachusetts ACLU, Mass. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans also testified in favor of the legislation, which requires health insurance plans offered in the state cover a variety of contraceptive services.
“It is vitally important that all women be provided with opportunities and access when it comes to their reproductive health,” Haddad said. “These are personal decisions and we should protect their right to make them.”