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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 20, 2017 02:27 PM
From: Representative Kevin J. Boyle and Rep. Leanne Krueger, Rep. Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Expanding Access to Contraceptives

In the near future, we will be introducing legislation that would ensure a greater degree of access to contraceptives in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As you may know, on October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it will rollback the contraceptive coverage requirements set in place under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. This rollback allows any employer to opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. This action by the Trump Administration endangers the health and economic security of at least 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania who depend on this coverage to access affordable, effective contraceptives. To mitigate any negative effects that may arise from this rollback, our legislation will expand access to contraceptives and reduce unnecessary cost drivers in our health care system.

We ask that you please join us in co-sponsoring this very sensible and important legislation.

Document #1

Description: Our first bill proposes to statutorily authorize pharmacists to prescribe and dispense certain birth control products over the counter. 

Document #2

Introduced as HB2679

Description: Our second proposal would require insurers to provide coverage for contraceptives and vasectomies.  In addition, this bill proposes to eliminate most co-payments for related coverage, lifts pre-authorizations on certain contraceptives, and authorizes insurers to provide coverage of 12 months of birth control at one time.