Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced legislation today that would require health insurance companies to provide cost-free contraception to women and men, even after the GOP puts the Affordable Care Act through a shredder.
The bill, dubbed the “The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act of 2017” (CCCA), would codify into state law the ACA requirement that New Yorkers be able to access cost-free contraception, as well as expand the current requirements to provide cost-free coverage for all birth control methods approved by the FDA, including emergency contraception like Plan B; prohibit insurance companies from delaying or limiting coverage; and allow New Yorkers to stock up on a year’s worth of a contraceptive at a time. The bill would also cover contraception for men.
Schneiderman actually proposed this back in 2015—it was passed by the State Assembly the following year, but never made it to the Senate floor. Now that cost-free birth control under Obamacare is endangered thanks to the incoming
Putin Trump administration, Schneiderman and other local lawmakers say it's all the more important to make these provisions law statewide.
"With an incoming Administration in Washington that is so hostile to women and reproductive healthcare, it is critical that New York reaffirm its commitment to gender equality and quality healthcare for all," Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, who represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan, said in a statement. "I applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for once again standing with New Yorkers and against Donald Trump and his regressive policies, which will harm women, their health and their families."
American women can spend up to $1,000-a-year on birth control. Even generic birth control cost up to $108 a year in 2012, and not all women respond well to generic brands or the Pill at all. An intrauterine device (IUD) implant, while effective for us much as 5 to 10 years, could cost $700 to over $1000. Condoms can cost hundreds of dollars a year if used regularly.