The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) commends the Legislature for passing, and Governor Baker for signing into law, An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security In Our State (ACCESS). Governor Baker signed the bill today.
The bill will require insurers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products, FDA-approved emergency contraception, voluntary female sterilization, and related patient education, counseling and follow-up services to enrollees without co-pays or cost-sharing. It will also require insurers to cover contraception prescriptions for a twelve-month period and to provide contraceptive coverage for an enrollee’s covered spouse and covered dependents.
The WBA, through its Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) advocated for the bill alongside advocacy groups including NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.
The legislation will ensure that women in the Commonwealth remain unaffected by the Trump administration’s recent issuance of rules exempting employers from providing no-cost contraception to their female employees if employers object to providing such coverage on religious or moral grounds.
“The WBA applauds both the Legislature and Governor Baker for acting on this important bill. With the federal government’s recent actions creating uncertainty for the many women who rely on access to free contraception, this legislation ensures that women in the Commonwealth will continue to receive this basic part of women’s health care at no cost,” stated WBA President Michele Liu Baillie.
The legislation goes into effect in six months.
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