October 4, 2017

Chandler-backed birth control bill gains traction, would increase access

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Sam Doran / State House News Service

Sen. Harriette Chandler told lawmakers Tuesday her bill "ensures that no changes at the federal level" could impact women's contraceptive access in Massachusetts.

BOSTON — The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates.

The compromise does not include provisions in an earlier version (S 499/H536) of the legislation that would have mandated free condoms with insurance coverage and vasectomies without co-pays, according to supporters.

“We have again put Massachusetts in the prime position to lead,” Elana Margolis, a lobbyist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, said at a press conference before a Financial Services Committee hearing on the legislation Tuesday.


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