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