Bill to expand access to contraception passes House Judiciary Committee

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2017

Bill to expand access to contraception passes House Judiciary Committee

House Bill 284 heads to House floor with bipartisan support

SANTA FE, N.M.—Late Monday night, the House Judiciary committee passed House Bill 284, Health Coverage for Contraception, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong. The bill cleared the committee with a bipartisan vote of 11-2. House Bill 284 now goes to the House floor.

House Bill 284 would update our existing laws in New Mexico to ensure that insurance companies cover the full range of contraceptive options without out-of-pocket costs or medically unnecessary restrictions. The bill would also cover contraception methods for men like vasectomies, give people to ability to access up to a year’s supply of contraception at once, and reduce barriers to methods normally available over the counter, like condoms.

With the future of the Affordable Care Act uncertain, House Bill 284 would ensure that insurance companies continue to provide contraception at no charge to the patient, which is currently mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s important that we protect and improve upon the gains made at the federal level to ensure that New Mexican women and families are able to access the full range of contraceptive options. People should be able to get the method of contraception that’s best for them and not be limited by cost or other barriers,” said ACLU-NM attorney Erin Armstrong.

“Affordable access to a full range of contraceptive options allows women and families to build the futures they want to see for themselves and their loved ones,” said Tannia Esparza, executive director of Young Women United.

A similar bill, SB 347, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, was introduced last week and passed unanimously out of the Senate Public Affairs Committee.

###

Respect New Mexico Women is a movement of women, families, faith leaders, medical providers, and community-based organizations united in support of New Mexico women and their reproductive health decisions.

Get the latest news from Respect NM Women. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter