On November 14, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the ACCESS bill, ensuring women free access to contraceptive care in the Commonwealth. The bill, which was passed by the House last week, requires insurers to provide FDA-approved forms of contraception without cost sharing or co-pays. It also requires free coverage of FDA-approved emergency contraception, voluntary female sterilization, and related patient education, counseling and follow-up services. The bill further requires insurers to cover prescriptions for twelve-month supplies of contraception. The WBA, through its Legislative Policy Committee (LPC), advocated for the bill, working with advocacy groups including NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts to advance the bill through the State House and to provide testimony at hearings on the bill.
The bill now moves to Governor Baker's desk for his approval.
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