FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2016
Proposal to Cover 12-Month Supply of Contraception Empowers Women
NARAL Pro-Choice America today urged Hawai’i Governor David Ige to expand contraceptive access for citizens across the state by signing S. 2319, which passed the state legislature this week. The plan requires insurance companies to cover up to 12 months of contraception dispensed at once, which research shows increases consistent and correct usage. The proposal builds on the progress made by the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care law, which, for the first time requires insurance companies to provide contraception coverage.
In a letter to Governor David Ige, NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue commended the Hawai’i legislature for taking steps to expand contraceptive access and encouraged the Governor to sign the bill:
“As we know, use of contraception is critical to reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion,” wrote Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “At a time when family-planning services have been under attack across the country, we applaud Hawaii’s efforts to lead the way in improving access to this vital health-care service.”
To read the full letter, click here.
Upon receipt of the bill, the governor will have 45 days in which to sign or veto the measure.