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Massachusetts Set To Approve Law Protecting Access To Birth Control

Massachusetts Set To Approve Law Protecting Access To Birth Control

Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Monday that will ensure women can still access birth control at no cost, even if the ACA is repealed or changed.

"A church or qualified church-controlled organization that invokes the exemption provided under subsection (f)(1) shall provide written notice to prospective enrollees prior to enrollment with the plan, listing the contraceptive health care methods and services such employer refuses to cover for religious reasons", the bill reads.

The law is "basically saying to MA women, "Look, don't worry".

"Massachusetts insurers can only get an exemption from this law and opt out if they're a church or another religious institution", she explains.

In fact, Trump issued the new rule in response to the Supreme Court's split rulings on the issue.

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"This legislation will ensure no woman in MA, irrespective of what goes on in Washington, will worry about whether her health care services and rights will be affected here in the commonwealth", Baker said following the bill's signing. "Massachusetts leads the country in healthcare with almost universal coverage, and signing this important, bipartisan bill into law ensures critical access to contraceptive coverage for women across the Commonwealth".

"Birth control is basic preventive health care that helps women stay healthy and improves the well-being of children and families", president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak said. According to HealthInsurance.org, Maryland and Vermont also passed similar legislation in 2016, and Nevada and NY passed state-regulated health insurance plans this year. "We need everyone - lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, business leaders, artists - to follow Massachusetts' lead and take action".

Politico executive editor Joanne Kenen tweeted that with the law, MA has become the first state to require birth control coverage without a copay.

Almost 400 people died on Bay State roadways last year, a 13 percent jump from the year before, the Herald has reported.

"MCFL was opposed to this law because, for the first time, it requires free access to abortifacient so-called "emergency contraception" without exemption for most employers", the group stated in a Facebook post Tuesday.


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