ENDORSED BILL

H.536/S.499: AN ACT ADVANCING THE CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE AND ECONOMIC SECURITY IN OUR STATE (ACCESS)

Filed by Rep. Patricia Haddad, Rep. John Scibak and Senator Harriette Chandler

This bill would protect and expand access to contraceptives by requiring insurers in Massachusetts to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing, including coverage of over-the-counter contraceptives without a prescription. If passed, this bill will safeguard the 1.4 million Massachusetts women who currently have access to no-copay birth control and would expand coverage to certain male contraceptives. This legislation will also prohibit insurers from using tools like step therapy to undermine and delay access to contraceptives, improving access to basic health care for women who have been denied the promise of the ACA. Additionally, this bill creates equity in contraceptive coverage by eliminating cost-sharing for contraception, voluntary sterilization and contraceptive counseling for men.

For the full bill text and hearing updates, please click here.