Today in Olympia, the House and Senate health care committees are holding hearings on the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 2330/SB 6185), exciting new legislation that will require all health insurance policies sold in the state that cover maternity care to cover abortion care. All women, regardless of income, deserve equal access to health insurance coverage for basic reproductive health care, including abortion.
Even if you can’t attend the hearings, you can still voice your support for the Reproductive Parity Act and fairness, equity and choice for Washington women:
|1. Call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 with this message for your legislators:
“I support the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 2330/SB 6185), which requires all health insurance policies sold in Washington that cover maternity care to cover abortion care. All women, regardless of income, deserve equal access to health insurance coverage for basic reproductive health care, including abortion.”
and how they can get involved in passing this vital legislation.
3. Register for our January 30th Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby Day.
Let’s show our legislators that Washingtonians believe that insurance should cover comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion!
Washington State has a long history of ensuring a woman’s ability to make the decision to have an abortion, but as our state proceeds with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Washington women could face increased barriers in their ability to access reproductive health care, including abortion services. Anti-choice politicians in Congress tried to undermine the ACA and inserted a provision to roll back reproductive health care protections that states like Washington value. This legislation addresses that problem and helps ensure that Washington’s health care system remains fair and equitable for all women.
While numerous states across the country have instituted outright bans on health insurance coverage for abortion in their health care exchanges, the Washington legislature is considering legislation that protects access to women’s health care. Make sure your legislators know you support the Reproductive Parity Act!
Thank you for taking action; we’ll keep you updated on the Reproductive Parity Act and additional ways to get involved.