(March 29) – A bill by Reps. Susan Lontine and Daneya Esgar to improve women’s access to the best contraceptive method according to individual health needs earned final approval from the House on a 35-30 vote this morning.
HB16-1294 clarifies that under the Affordable Care Act, Colorado women have access to the full range of contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration with no copays.
“This bill gives women access to the contraception that is best for them,” said Rep. Lontine, D-Denver. “The selection of a contraceptive method should be left to a woman and her health-care provider according to her particular health care needs.”
“Colorado should guarantee coverage for the birth control method that works best for individual women,” said Rep Esgar, D-Pueblo. “Lack of clarity at the federal level has led to inadequate and inconsistent coverage, leaving Colorado’s women to fight to get their best option covered. This is an opportunity for Colorado to be a leader in a statewide solution to require insurance companies to cover the best option for each woman.”
Though the bill simply clarifies existing law surrounding 18 FDA-approved contraceptive methods, several Republicans stood in strong opposition on second reading.
The final approval sends the bill to the Senate.