New Mexico weighs requirement for no-cost contraceptives

New Mexico

FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. A U.S. appeals court Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The New Mexico House of Representatives is debating a proposal to ensure access to contraceptives at no personal cost under most types of medical insurance.

Deliberations began Monday on a bill from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong that would enshrine provisions of the Affordable Care Act into state law to require birth control coverage without co-payments. It would add additional provisions to ensure access to a six-month supply of contraceptives and extend prohibitions on cost sharing to vasectomies and condoms for men.

The bill applies to a broad variety of individual and group health insurance along with Medicaid.

A similar bill passed the House in 2017 and stalled in the Senate without a floor vote.

Armstrong says she is trying to protect access to contraception from potential federal health reforms.

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