AS WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS PLOT TO GUT WOMEN’S HEALTH, NEVADA DEMOCRATS WORK TO PRESERVE ACCESS
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March 7, 2017
AS WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS PLOT TO GUT WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE, NEVADA DEMOCRATS WORK TO PRESERVE ACCESS
CARSON CITY, NV - Yesterday, Republicans in Washington, D.C. announced their health care plan, which would gut funding for women’s health services. On the very same day, Nevada’s state Assembly and Senate Democrats held hearings on two bills that would preserve women’s access to basic preventative health care.
“It’s time for Nevada law to reflect the realities of everyday life for Nevada’s women,” said Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson. “Women need ways to make their hectic lives easier. That's why we must do everything we can in the Nevada Legislature to ensure Nevadans have continued access to vital services such as access to birth control and family planning services."
“When it comes to health care, Nevada women can’t afford to allow reckless Washington politicians to roll back the gains we’ve made,” said Senator Julia Ratti. ”Cancer screenings, prenatal care, and birth control aren’t luxuries, they’re necessities. If the federal government won’t commit to preserving this care for women, then Nevada will.”
Assembly Bill 249 would bar insurance plans sold in Nevada from charging a copy to cover the cost of contraception. The bill also allows for women to receive a 12-month supply of birth control at one time, potentially reducing the need to visit a pharmacy as frequently.
Senate Bill 233 incorporates those same contraception provisions. SB 233 also requires insurance plans to continue to cover cervical and breast cancer screenings, prenatal care, certain vaccinations, and other services.