New York Insurers Are Required To Provide Free Birth Control

Since the election losing access to free birth control has turned into a normal worry for American women.

Our President and Senate have made it a clear goal to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn the Affordable Care Act. If, or when, this happens it will put the health of countless women at risk. Many women rely on the services offered by PP, which makes all of this pretty scary. Still, this hasn’t stopped women and men from fighting back. Despite the bad news, it seems as though we have made some progress.

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The women in the state of New York can now rest easy knowing their insurers are required to provide them with free birth control. Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an initiative to protect the reproductive rights of women in New York. The announcement came in the form of a tweet on Saturday, during the start of the women’s march in D.C. Health insurers will cover “medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception.”

“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement reported by the New York Times.

This action is just one of many the state will partake in to make sure they distance themselves from President Trump’s agenda. The state of NY will require insurers to cover a three-month supply of contraception the first time a woman gets it. A 12 month supply at no cost will then follow.

This change will affect an estimated 1.25 million women in New York who are covered by commercial health policies.

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