By Lauren Pizzoferrato
With Connecticut’s legislative session in full swing, HB 5210, AN ACT MANDATING INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND EXPANDING MANDATED HEALTH BENEFITS FOR WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, has been introduced.
This bill not only protects contraceptive equality established by the Affordable Care Act, but expands upon it by allowing patients to acquire a 12-month supply of birth control with one visit to the pharmacy.
Additionally, vital insurance coverage requirements such as maternal care and STI testing can be made into state law with the passage of this bill this legislative session.
You can help by submitting written testimony, appearing in person at the Insurance and Real Estate Committee public hearing at noon this Thursday, March 1, in room 2D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, or by urging your legislator to support the bill.
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like assistance with any of these things.
Lauren Pizzoferrato represents Connecticut NOW on the Connecticut Coalition for Choice and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org