The Affordable Care Act required that a range of women's preventive services be covered with no cost sharing to patients. Contraceptive coverage is particularly vulnerable, but all of these services could be lost. It is vital that we continue with this element of the ACA in Connecticut.
Several bills intended to ensure access to women's preventive services, should all or parts of the ACA be repealed, had hearings in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee (SB 494
, SB 585
, and SB 586
). NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut staff, members, and board members (along with partners from the Connecticut Coalition for Choice) provided testimony in support of these bills, which you can read here
Senate Bill 586, An Act Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children, and Adolescents, received an almost unanimously positive vote in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, and is now headed to the senate for debate.
Can you take action to support this bill? Call or email your legislators to let them know that you support SB 586, and explain why access to women's preventive services with no cost sharing matters to you. Your voice matters in advancing this vital piece of legislation!
Not sure who your legislators are? Find out here
An Act Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents - See more at: http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/flexer-news/419-flexer-170309#sthash.7yUNZfrW.JiiUuNIV.dpuf
This bill will support Connecticut insurance plans continuing to cover all core women's preventive services with no cost sharing, no matter what happens to the ACA. It is vital that we continue access to these important services. Please take action to call and support this bill today!
Paid Family and Medical Leave
On March 9, two bills (SB1 and HB6212) that propose a system of paid family leave were voted out of the Labor Committee.
Your calls and emails are also needed to urge your legislators to support these bills! You can find a sample script and more information on how to get involved in the campaign here
Improved Pregnancy Accommodations
Licensure of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSURE OF LACTATION CONSULTANTS.
When women need lactation support, it is vital that they get help from the most qualified medical professionals - International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). However, at the moment there is no regulation of who can call themselves a lactation consultant. This bill would ensure that only IBCLCs are designated as certified lactation consultants, so individuals in need of support can receive it from someone who can truly help them. Learn more about this issue here
This bill had a hearing in the Public Health Committee on Tuesday March 7, and now awaits a committee vote to move it forward.