New NY Bill Will Keep Contraception Free, Even Without the ACA

A study published in The Week reports that American women often spend up to $1000 annually on birth control. Not to mention, women respond differently to various methods, which hikes up the costs even more for all of the tedious trials.

That is part of why Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently made an announcement that sheds much-needed light on a possible future without the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which has reduced costs for thousands when it comes to getting these products.

Schneiderman introduced legislation Wednesday set out to protect a very important reproductive right in the state of New York. Health insurance companies are to provide free contraception to women and men, no matter what the future of national healthcare may look like.

"Women across New York are very concerned that Republican efforts to repeal the ACA will mean the loss of the contraception on which they rely," Schneiderman said.

The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act of 2017 (CCCA) has been in the works since 2015 when it passed the state assembly, but never made it to the senate.

"I won't hesitate to act to protect New Yorkers' rights — including the right to choose, and the right to birth control — no matter what a Trump administration does," Schneiderman added.

With this law, New Yorkers would be able to access cost-free contraception, and on top of that, extend requirements for free birth control methods approved by the FDA like Plan B, according to Gothamist.

"With an incoming Administration in Washington that is so hostile to women and reproductive healthcare, it is critical that New York reaffirm its commitment to gender equality and quality healthcare for all," said New York assembly member, Linda Rosenthal.

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