March 15, 2018 – H.B. 5210, An Act Mandating Insurance Coverage of Essential Health Benefits and Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children, and Adolescents, was passed out of committee today by members of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. This bill would protect, in state law, the 10 Essential Health Benefits currently outlined in the ACA, preventive care for women, including access to contraception without cost sharing, and the ability for individuals to be dispensed a 12-month supply of birth control.

After an at-times contentious debate, including the defeat of amendments proposed by State Representative Rob Sampson which would have moved healthcare access backward for women, the bill received a favorable vote of 14-7. All Democratic committee members voted in favor, and only four Republicans voted against the bill.

“We are pleased to see the Insurance and Real Estate Committee take decisive action to protect vital access to healthcare here in our state,” said Sarah Croucher, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut’s Executive Director. “The benefits in this bill are crucial to realizing reproductive freedom for residents of Connecticut. The bipartisan nature of the vote highlights that no matter your political party, you should be able to support affordable healthcare and the ability of women in our state to plan their futures.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut looks forward to this bill moving swiftly to debate and vote in the House.

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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.

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