Prescription contraceptives; insurance policies to cover. (SB1277)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives. Requires health insurance policies, individual or group accident and sickness subscription contracts, and health care plans offered by a health maintenance organization issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2015, to include coverage for any prescribed drug, device, or product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive. Currently, such coverage is required to be offered and made available as an option. Such coverage would not be required in any policy, contract, or plan that does not otherwise provide coverage for prescription drugs. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103471D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2015Impact statement from SCC (SB1277)
01/19/2015Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill protects Virginian’s access to birth control in the event the Supreme Court or Congress overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control. Without the federal rule in place, such coverage is offered only as an option in Virginia. The ACLU strongly supports this legislation because birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and access to birth control is a critical factor in ensuring a woman’s ability to participate equally and fully in civic, economic, and political life.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

SB1277 protects Virginian’s access to birth control in the event the Supreme Court or Congress overturns the federal rule that requires new health insurance plans to cover birth control. Without the federal rule in place, such coverage is offered only as an option in Virginia. The strongly ACLU supports this legislation because birth control coverage is a breakthrough for women’s health and access to birth control is a critical factor in ensuring a woman’s ability to participate equally and fully in civic, economic, and political life.