HB 16-1322 (Pettersen & Coram/Donovan) Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply

Originally Posted: April 15, 2016
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

Summary

This bill requires health benefit plans that are required to provide contraception coverage to reimburse providers for dispensing a three-month supply of prescription contraceptives the first time the contraceptive is dispensed to the insured person, and for dispensing a 12-month supply for subsequent times the same prescription contraceptive is dispensed to the insured person.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. There is significant evidence that this policy reduces unintended pregnancies, which allows women to finish their educations and become financially secure before starting a family, thereby helping reduce risks of poverty on kids. Preventing unintended pregnancies can impact two generations of Colorado kids because teens are the most likely group to experience unintended pregnancies: 80 percent of pregnancies to women under age 19 are unintended. Nationally, 30 percent of all teenage girls who drop out of school cite pregnancy and parenthood as key reasons, and research shows that children born to parents who did not graduate from high school are significantly more likely to live in poverty for at least half of their childhoods. Furthermore, only about two-thirds of children born to teen mothers earn a high school diploma, compared to 81 percent of their peers with older parents. Erin Miller, our Vice President of Health Initiatives, testified in support of this bill this week.

Current Status

The Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee voted on a party line vote to postpone the bill indefinitely.

Previous Status


April 15, 2016

Scheduled to be heard in the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee upon adjournment on Friday, April 15 in HCR 0107.