Supporters of access to health care at Planned Parenthood were thrilled to see the House pass HB 5210 with huge bipartisan support 114-32 on April 26. Thanks go to Rep. Sean Scanlon, House chair of the Insurance Committee, who led this bill to victory in the House. In partnership with many women legislative allies of both parties, we are now one step closer to ensuring the 10 essential benefits of the Affordable Care Act, and women’s preventive health, are protected in state law regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C.
With growing chaos in Washington, D.C., and the fact that Connecticut has two strong pro-women’s health U.S. Senators, you might feel comfortable believing our state would be an oasis for reproductive health care. However, here is a reality check: your access to no-cost birth control is very much at risk.