Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Bill to Improve Access to Contraception Advances First Committee
Santa Fe – Today, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) that would improve access to contraception passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.
House Bill 89 would update our existing laws to ensure that the full range of contraceptive options are covered by insurance companies without out-of-pocket costs or medically unnecessary restrictions. The bill would also improve access to contraception by covering access for both women and men and requiring insurance companies to cover up to a six-month’s supply of contraception at once.
“Ensuring that New Mexicans have access to contraception is crucial to keeping our communities healthy,” said Rep. Debbie Armstrong. “We know that requiring six-months of contraception to be dispensed at once would reduce risk of interrupted use and improve efficacy. With the federal threats to our health care, now more than ever we must protect women and families.”
House Democrats know that policies that ensure meaningful access to family planning services creates health, social, and economic benefits for mothers, newborns, families, and communities. House Bill 89 now moves on to the House Health & Human Services Committee.