Ensure Access to Birth Control
Support the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act!
Although the Affordable Care Act requires broad contraceptive care, women’s advocacy organizations and the NYS Attorney General’s office have found that many insurance companies are imposing co-pays and denying full coverage of certain contraceptive methods.
The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) (A.8135/Cahill and S.6013A/Bonacic) would strengthen and expand our current laws to ensure that women and men have access to contraception. On January 25, 2016, this bill passed in the Assembly. Join us in calling on our Senators to send this bill to the Governor’s desk.
NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio said, “Women should not have to fear being denied coverage for the type of birth control that works best for them, and they certainly should be able to avoid the unnecessary burden of time and worry that goes with needing to refill their prescription so often. The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act will help strengthen women’s rights to contraceptive coverage.”
The CCCA will:
(1) Codify and Strengthen Affordable Care Act Requirements
Ensure that insurance companies are covering all forms of FDA approved contraception without co-pays. This is already the law, but not every insurance company is complying. Especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, it’s critical that New York take action to protect the coverage we already have and improve birth control access for all.
(2) Improve Access to Emergency Contraception
Allow patients to receive emergency contraception at the pharmacy through a non-patient specific prescription , and still have their insurance cover it. This is critical to ensure timely access for women who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for EC.
(3) Make Filling Birth Control Prescriptions Easier
Allow women to pick up 12 months of oral contraception at one time (rather than three). Allowing individuals on both private and public insurance to obtain up to a year’s worth of contraception at one time will improve chances of consistent use and decrease the likelihood of unintended pregnancy.
(4) Expand Contraceptive Coverage for Men
This bill includes coverage for male contraceptives, including condoms if prescribed, and sterilization (neither of which are currently included in New York State Insurance law).
If we are serious about expanding contraception access and coverage, men need to be included.
How to Take Action:
Contact your State Senator NOW and ask her or him to support the CCCA to make sure that birth control is covered!
Here’s what you can say: My name is [_____] and I live in [neighborhood]. I’m calling to ask for your support for the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S.6013A) which will make sure that health insurance companies are following the law and that women and men in New York have coverage for the birth control method that works best for them.
Be sure to strengthen and personalize your message by describing why CCCA and better birth control access is important to YOU and your family or friends!