Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a law Monday requiring health insurers in the state to continue providing no-cost birth control despite President Trump’s decision to end ObamaCare’s birth control mandate, reports MassLive.
“This legislation will ensure no woman in Massachusetts, irrespective of what goes on in Washington, will worry about whether her health care services and rights will be affected here in the commonwealth,” Baker said at the bill’s signing ceremony Monday afternoon.
We are proud to join our legislative colleagues to protect women’s health care & access to family planning services. MA leads the nation with near universal health care coverage, & signing this bipartisan bill into law ensures critical access to important contraceptive coverage. pic.twitter.com/tz24EGF6bV
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) November 20, 2017
The new Massachusetts law requires health insurers cover at least one kind of every type of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including over-the-counter emergency contraception and includes a religious exemption for churches, according to MassLive.
The Hill notes:
Even if Republicans are able to muster enough support to repeal ObamaCare next year, the law is aimed at ensuring birth control doesn’t cost women money. In October, the Trump administration rolled back the ObamaCare requirement that employers’ health insurance plans include birth control coverage.
Planned Parenthood urged other states to pass similar legislation.
“Birth control coverage is still at risk for women nationwide under the Trump administration,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “We need everyone — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, business leaders, artists — to follow Massachusetts’ lead and take action.”
“All the stars were aliened to make this happen,” a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts told WBUR’s Carey Goldberg. “It was the right time and the right thing to do.” The insurer added this sends a message to Washington, D.C. and other states.