New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to make sure New Yorkers get to keep their free birth control if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement that covers contraception.
With Congress and President-elect Donald Trump looking to repeal "Obamacare" as soon as possible, Schneiderman introduced a bill to the state legislature that would allow women and men to pick up a year’s supply of birth control at a time of their choice for no cost, according to CBS New York.
Schneiderman put the same bill forward in 2015, but it failed to pass. Now, with an estimated 2.7 million New Yorkers set to lose their free birth control if Obamacare is repealed and not replaced with a bill that also provides free birth control, he's trying again.
The bill is called The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act of 2017 and it guarantees residents of New York state would be able to get free birth control and that it would not be subject to any review restrictions that could delay or limit coverage, New York magazine reported.
The measure is quickly gaining support in the New York state assembly. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet weighed in on the legislation, but he supports both Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans have not addressed the birth control provision of Obamacare and whether it would stay or go when the law is repealed. House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to a question about whether birth control would still be provided by saying, “Look, I’m not going to get into all the nitty-gritty details of these things,” New York magazine reported.
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