N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill To Bolster Contraceptive Coverage

January 27, 2016 — The New York state Assembly passed a bill (A 8135) that would boost coverage for and facilitate access to contraception, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

According to the AP/Bee, the state Senate is considering companion legislation (S 6013).

Bill Details

The measure passed by the Assembly requires health insurers to include in their prescription coverage all types of contraceptive drugs, devices and products that have received federal approval. Further, under the legislation, insurers would not be permitted to set copayments, deductibles or obligations that could delay contraceptive access.

In addition, the bill permits pharmacists and registered nurses to provide emergency contraception (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/26).