New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this weekend that he will require health insurance companies to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost to women.
Cuomo’s announcement comes on the same day that hundreds of thousands of women attended the “Women’s March” where they demanded equality and protested the presidency of Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare. Therefore, Gov. Cuomo said that New York must act fast to ensure women’s have access to coverage and care. “These regulatory actions will help ensure that whatever happens at the federal level, women in our state will have cost-free access to reproductive healthcare, and we hope these actions serve as a model for equality across the nation,” Cuomo said.
He continued, “Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave, and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions.”
Cuomo wrote on Twitter about his effort to firmly secure access to reproductive health services in New York State:
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 21, 2017
The mandate requires that health insurers in New York provide at least one form of FDA-approved contraception, with more than a month’s supply at a time, and provide medically necessary abortions without co-pays or deductibles.
The new regulations would ensure that insurance companies would face steep fines if they were found to violate the new laws.
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