Tell Your State Lawmakers: Protect Birth Control Access in Massachusetts

Birth control access is under attack.

President Trump and his administration are steamrolling ahead with their agenda to roll back access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act. According to a leaked draft of a new rule, the Trump administration plans to give bosses more power to deny their workers access to birth control coverage. After the rule is finalized, it would go into effect immediately.
 
More than 55 million women – including 1.4 million women in Massachusetts – now have guaranteed access to affordable birth control thanks to the ACA’s no copay birth control benefit.
 
Contact your state lawmakers today and ask them to prioritize the passage of the Contraceptive ACCESS bill, legislation that would safeguard and improve no copay birth control coverage here in Massachusetts.   

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Prioritize passing the Contraceptive ACCESS Bill

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to you today in support of S. 499/H. 536, An Act Relative to Advancing Contraception Coverage and Economic Security in our State, or the Contraceptive ACCESS bill.

President Trump and his administration are actively taking steps to restrict women's access to affordable birth control. According to a leaked draft of a new rule, the Trump administration plans to give bosses more power to deny their workers access to birth control coverage. This rule would go into effect immediately once it is finalized and would allow any employer to opt out of coverage for any reason.

As national threats to birth control access escalate, I ask that you lead on this issue locally by passing the Contraceptive ACCESS bill.



Thanks to the Affordable Care Act's preventive care benefit, more than 55 million women - including 1.4 million women in Massachusetts - now have access to birth control without copayments. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, after the ACA's birth control provision took effect, fewer than 4% of Americans had to pay out of pocket for birth control pills. That number was more than 20% before the law's passage.

People use birth control for a variety of reasons, including endometriosis, migraines, premenstrual pain, and menstrual regulation, as well as to plan whether and when to start a family. Ninety-nine percent of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives. The United State is at a historic 30-year low in unintended pregnancies, which researchers have attributed in part to the increase in birth control access. We can't afford to see those positive public health trends reversed.

Access to no copay birth control must be safeguarded in the Commonwealth. Every person should be able to affordably access the birth control option that's right for them. I urge you to prioritize the passage of the Contraceptive ACCESS bill. We don't have time to wait.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]