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House Bill Would End Contraception Copays for Military Women

House Bill Would End Contraception Copays for Military Women

September 22, 2014 — Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced a bill (HR 5524) that would require the military's health plan, TRICARE, to cover contraceptives without copayments, The Hill reports (Marcos, The Hill, 9/18).

In July, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a Senate version of the bill.

Currently, active-duty servicewomen have access to prescription drugs, including contraceptives, without copays. However, women who are not on active duty and other women covered through TRICARE have varying levels of copays, depending on the type of contraceptive.

TRICARE covers nearly 10 million individuals, including service members, military retirees and their families (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/30).

The House bill has 60 co-sponsors and is supported by NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Speier said in a statement, "We owe female servicemembers the same access to contraception and family planning services as the women they fight to protect" (The Hill, 9/18).