Yesterday, President Obama made an announcement that took the responsibility from certain religiously-affiliated employers and gave it to insurance companies for covering contraception with no co-pays or deductibles. This accommodation will protect women's access to birth control and without extra cost, regardless of where they work. We will closely monitor the implementation of this new rule and work to make sure that all women have access to this essential health benefit.
However, opponents of birth control in Congress are still focused on taking away access to contraception introducing extreme legislation that threatens health across the board. The pieces of legislation range from allowing any employer, regardless of whether it is a religious entity, to deny coverage of contraception to giving employers the right to refuse coverage of any health care service they find religiously or morally objectionable.
Today, the House Rules Committee is expected to take up H.R. 358, the misnamed Protect Life Act, meaning it could be on the floor for a vote as early Thursday. H.R. 358 would prevent women from purchasing health insurance plans that cover abortion and would significantly expand refusal laws that allow women to be denied they abortion care they need. Read more »
New jobs? Not yet. Improved economy? Debatable. Attacks on women's health? Non-stop.
Attacking women's ability to obtain reproductive health care services remains one of Speaker Boehner's top priorities. Tomorrow, Boehner and the House leadership will bring to a vote a dangerous bill that will undermine women's health and even put women's lives at risk.
Greater protections against insurance company abuses.
No More Rescissions: Insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage if you become sick.
No More Lifetime LIMITS: Insurance companies are prohibited from limiting the amount of money they will pay for your benefits over your lifetime.
No More Annual Caps: Insurance companies are prohibited from limiting the amount of money they will pay for benefits during one year. During 2011, annual limits cannot be lower than $750,000 & are completely prohibited by 2014.
No More Doctor’s Note To Visit The Ob-Gyn: The new health care law allows women to have “direct access” to this type of health care. Insurance companies are prohibited from requiring women to get referrals from their doctor for obstetrical & gynecological care.
Women’s Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, is this Friday. The long and continuing fight for women’s rights has produced real gains – but women still have a long way to go, and many of the key laws that have improved women’s health and economic security are under attack. Read more »
Over 60,000 of you signed our petition to support no-cost birth control, and earlier today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is adopting expert recommendations to require health insurers to cover contraception, along with a number of other preventive health services for women, without charging women co-payments. We got you covered – birth control without a co-pay will soon be a reality!
This week, a firestorm erupted over efforts by anti-choice members of Congress to narrow the long-standing “rape” exception to the ban on the use of federal funds for abortion. Hailed by Speaker John Boehner as one of the top priorities for the new Congress, H.R. Read more »