FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2017
With just five days left before the end of the 2017 legislative session, the Connecticut Senate unanimously passed S.B. 586, An Act Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents. The bill now passes to the Connecticut House of Representatives.
S.B. 586 protects current ACA provisions for women’s preventive services with no cost sharing. The bill includes coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive and sterilization methods. This legislation will ensure that no matter what happens at the federal level, access to contraceptives and other vital medical care will be available through insurance plans to Connecticut women, regardless of income level.
S.B. 586 was part of a package of proactive legislation originally sponsored by Senator Mae Flexer alongside Representatives Robyn Porter, Caroline Simmons, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Liz Linehan, Kelly Luxenberg, and Christine Conley. Senate co-chairs of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Senators Tim Larson and Kevin Kelly, both spoke in support of the bill, and Senator Kelly introduced an amendment allowing for a brief special enrollment period for uninsured pregnant women.
Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Sarah Croucher, said, "With each passing day, there are further attacks on contraceptive coverage from the federal government. We are delighted in Connecticut to see such strong bipartisan recognition of the importance of current ACA-mandated preventive services for women. Reliable access to birth control and the other preventive services covered in this legislation are vital to the economic security of women in Connecticut. In the tough financial times we face here in our state, it is imperative that we enact proactive legislation that supports the economic empowerment of women. We urge the House to take rapid action to advance S.B. 586 through the legislative process.
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About NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Inc.
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the State Capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.