House lawmakers Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ensure access to free birth control in the state and shield state residents from changes to federal law regarding contraceptive coverage requirements.
The bill is headed to the Senate after the 138-16 vote.
The measure includes a provision requiring health insurers to continue offering coverage — without co-payments — for prescription contraceptives regardless of changes in federal policy or any future repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act.
The legislation brings Massachusetts a step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to pass a law that “protects and expands access to contraception after the Trump administration’s interference with contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act,” said Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, in a statement.
“We applaud the House’s leadership on this critical issue,” she said. “We urge the Senate to take up legislation as soon as possible.”
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