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Connecticut NOW’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

During the 2018 Connecticut General Assembly Session that runs from Feb. 7 to May 8, CT NOW plans to focus its legislative efforts on several important gender equity and equality issues, including the following:

Protecting women’s basic healthcare rights

  • Expand affordable access to basic healthcare for women and children.
  • End the disparity in access to health care, which can lead to increased maternal mortality for underserved communities and women of color.

Strengthening access to women’s preventive health services

  • Back legislation that protects access to reproductive healthcare and other preventative services with no-out-of-pocket costs. This legislation would protect Connecticut from attempts by the federal government that would prevent women from receiving birth control with no out-of-pocket costs.

Securing the “10 Essential Benefits” protected by the ACA

  • Transform the 10 essential benefits protected by the Affordable Care Act into Connecticut state law, which would require all health insurance policies to provide outpatient care, as well as hospital care and trips to the emergency room, prenatal care and ongoing care for the baby throughout childhood, prescription medications, lab tests, and mental health and substance use services.

Protecting and strengthening reproductive rights

  • Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade by expanding access to affordable healthcare providers, affordable contraception, and sex education to include historically underserved women of color throughout the state.
  • Pass legislation to stop “crisis pregnancy centers” from posing as legitimate family planning clinics and preventing patients from receiving legitimate healthcare advice.

Passing paid family and medical leave

  • Join our neighbors in New York, Massachusetts and other states by passing legislation that creates a self-funded program to provide earned family and medical leave to all people employed in Connecticut.

Achieving pay equity

  • One of the key factors in achieving pay equity for women is the elimination and prohibition of salary history requirements in the interviewing and hiring process, as lower salary histories follow women throughout their careers. This was stripped from last year’s pay equity bill and needs to be reintroduced this year.

Allowing undocumented college students to receive financial aid

  • Provide access to financial aid monies funded by student tuition to undocumented students. Undocumented students do not have access to any federal or state financial aid, but their tuition payments support a state university fund for tuition assistance. They currently pay into a system, but they cannot access due to their documentation status, which is not fair.

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