A bill drafted to protect women’s health coverage should the Affordable Care Act be repealed has been tabled after The CT House of Representatives failed to vote on it earlier this week. Learn what you can do to stand up for women's health issues.
A bipartisan Senate bill drafted to protect women’s health coverage should the Affordable Care Act be repealed has been tabled after the House of Representatives failed to vote on it in the final hours of the Connecticut legislative session earlier this week. Senate Bill 586 would create provisions for uninsured women to obtain health insurance up to 30 days after becoming pregnant. Under the bill, pregnancy would be considered a “qualifying event,” allowing Connecticut women to obtain coverage outside of the usual open enrollment period. Preventative services covered under the ACA such as well-woman visits, access to birth control, STD testing, and cancer screenings would also be protected.
The general session of the General Assembly has ended, however, a special session to continue budget negotiations has commenced that could last up to 6 weeks. It’s unclear what will happen to Bill 586 in the special session. Though the future of this bill is uncertain, Women's Health CT will continue to advocate for the more than 300,000 women it serves and lobby for legislature that supports the best interest of women and families. Women's Health CT supports complete coverage of preventative care and women's reproductive services and looks forward to an audience with key Connecticut legislators to help them understand the impact and complexities of what is proposed.
Here are 10 things you can do NOW to stand up for women's health issues:
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