AG introduces legislation designed to protect New Yorkers' cost-free contraception coverage

President-elect Donald Trump, along with congressional Republicans, has vowed to repeal the ACA, at least in part. Given this pledge, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he has introduced legislation designed to enhance and protect residents' access to cost-free contraception.

"New Yorkers have a right to comprehensive, cost-free access to birth control. With the ACA under attack in Washington, it's all the more critical that New York act now to protect these rights," Attorney General Schneiderman said in a news release. "The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the birth control method they need to stay healthy and effectively plan for their future — no matter what happens in Congress."

According to the release, the CCCA would "codify into state law the current ACA requirement that contraception be made available to New Yorkers cost-free, while also expanding on the ACA in several important ways." For instance, Attorney General Schneiderman said the legislation would statutorily require state-governed health insurance policies to provide cost-free coverage for all Food and Drug Administration-approved methods of birth control, including emergency contraception.

More information on the proposed legislation is available here.


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