Monday, January 25, 2016

Assembly Passes Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act

Albany - Today the State Assembly passed the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (S6013/A8135). The CCCA, co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic and BPCLC member Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, provides insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraception, improves access to emergency contraceptives, allows for a 12 month supply of birth control, and covers sterilization for men and women.

BPCLC Co-Chair Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement after the passage of the bill:

"Ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, have access to contraceptive options is good for our families and a vital step toward women's equality. Lack of coverage and high co-pays prevent many women and men from being able to make their own decisions about starting a family. Contraceptive equity reduces unintended pregnancies, and leads to families that are planned, safe and healthy. I congratulate Assembly Member Cahill and his colleagues for passing this bill today, I thank Senator Bonacic for his leadership, and I encourage my fellow Senators to take swift action and put this bill on the Governor's desk." 

BPCLC Members Rally For FPA Day of Action

BPCLC Co-Chair and Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins with BPCLC members at the FPA Day of Action

Albany - Today, BPCLC members rallied in the State Capitol for the Family Planning Advocates Day of Action. For their Day of Action, FPA brings together hundreds of supporters to meet with lawmakers and work to increase funding for family planning and unintended pregnancy prevention, advocate for the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and Paid Family Leave, and to safeguard the health of incarcerated pregnant individuals.