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Pennsylvania House passes bill protecting access to contraceptives • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Pennsylvania House passes bill protecting access to contraceptives • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Pennsylvania House passes bill protecting access to contraceptives • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill on a bipartisan basis that would expand insurance coverage for contraception in the state.

House Bill 1140sponsored by state Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware), would require insurance programs like Medicaid and CHIP to provide contraceptive care coverage without buy costssuch as deductibles or copayments.

“Simply put, this bill protects and codifies access to contraceptives here in Pennsylvania,” Krueger said on the floor, before the House passed the bill by a vote of 133-69.

Krueger said there is currently no protection in state law for access to contraceptives and believes this legislation is necessary to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to the medications they need.

Krueger said he first introduced similar legislation in 2020 and has introduced it in every legislative session since then. The bill reflects a “real compromise,” Krueger added, noting that he had previously approved the Sure and Rules committees with bipartisan support.

“Contraceptive care is medical care, plain and simple,” Krueger said. “Contraceptive insurance coverage is critical to ensuring that people can access and benefit from contraceptive care.”

In addition to contraceptives used to prevent unplanned pregnancies, patients can also use them to help treat decreased bleeding and pain during menstrual periods, reduce the risk of gynecological disorders, treat endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease, and reduce the risks of endometrial and ovarian cancer. , she pointed out.

“When we make policy, it really shouldn’t matter why an individual seeks contraceptive care from their doctor,” Krueger said.

If the bill becomes law, Pennsylvania would join at least 30 states and the District of Columbia that require insurers that cover prescription drugs to provide coverage of FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The bill will go to the Republican-controlled Senate for consideration.