For Immediate Release: March 6, 2017
State Legislature Advances Plan to Expand Birth Control Access for All Nevadans
NARAL-backed Bill Would Allow Women to Access 12 Months of Contraception, Prevent Cost-Hikes on Birth Control
The Nevada State Senate and Assembly Health Committees today held hearings on NARAL-backed legislation–AB 249 (Frierson) and SB 233 (Ratti)–that would make birth control affordable and more accessible for all Nevadans. Access to birth control is under threat like never before, with President Trump and his allies in Congress threatening to undermine the guaranteed coverage that Nevada women count on to plan how they raise their families.
Earlier this month, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada members traveled from Las Vegas to Carson City on a Feminist Road Trip to voice their support for affordable contraception and to urge our leaders to stand up to partisan attacks on our health care.
“Nevadans overwhelmingly trust women to make their own reproductive health care choices free from political interference. With more than 7 in 10 Nevadans identifying as pro-choice, that’s not just a majority, that’s a consensus,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, state director for NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada. “This plan is especially important for low-income families and Nevadans who live in rural communities who often are forced to drive long distances for basic health care. Protecting affordable and accessible birth control is a common sense proposal Nevadans support and we’re hopeful our state legislators will as well.”
With President Trump and his allies in Congress trying to take away the contraception coverage guaranteed by our nation’s health care law, Nevada families are vulnerable to losing basic medical coverage. That’s why this bill will codify and expand the contraceptive protections of the Affordable Care Act, including guaranteeing Nevadans access to birth control without a co-pay. The bill also expands contraceptive coverage by allowing women to get 12 month of birth control at one time.
Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, one in five women postponed or went without healthcare because of high costs. Since the ACA went into effect in 2012, an estimated 55 million women have saved $1.4 billion on costs associated with birth control.