SB20-156 (Pettersen & Moreno/Esgar & Mullica) Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage

Originally Posted: February 21, 2020
Last Updated: February 28, 2020

Summary

The bill would codify a number of federally required preventive health care services and requires Colorado health insurance carriers to cover them without cost sharing. The bill would expand access to certain preventive health care services including a wider variety of family planning services and contraceptives than are currently required to be offered without cost sharing. These policies are proven ways to expand access to contraceptives and reduce unintended pregnancy.

Position

The Colorado Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. Expanding access to additional forms of contraceptives without cost sharing is one of the most evidence-based ways to reduce unintended and teenage pregnancy.  It is well documented that due to the systemic barriers they face, families that experience unintended pregnancies often have poorer health outcomes for themselves and their children, struggle to and often do not complete school, and have difficulty advancing their careers.

Current Status

Passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on a vote of 3-2 and now heads to the  Appropriations Committee. Our VP of Health Initiatives, Erin Miller, testified in support.

Previous Status


February 21, 2020

Assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee where it will be heard on Wednesday, Feb. 26 upon adjournment in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.