• Top Ten New Laws for 2017

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  • New law requires insurance coverage for contraceptives

    HutchinsonMaySPRINGFIELD – A proposal to require insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and products in Illinois is now law after State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed the plan out of the Senate earlier this year.

    “Nearly every woman in this country utilizes birth control at some point in their lives for varying reasons,” Hutchinson said. “Some women require birth control for health reasons, while others rely on it for family planning. Requiring insurance coverage for birth control is a medical issue, and neither the government nor insurance bureaucrats should have a voice in denying coverage to women.”

  • Bush’s contraceptive coverage plan signed into law

    bush pink taxSPRINGFIELD — To ensure that women have a wide variety of choices in how they approach their reproductive health, the governor signed into law a plan co-sponsored by State Sen. Melinda Bush that extends insurance coverage to almost all approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products.

    “One of the most important aspects of a woman’s health is how she handles reproductive issues,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “This measure brings us in line with federal health reforms and gives women the power to choose without worrying about exorbitant cost. We must have parity in our health care system, and we know that for women to truly have equality, they must have choices.”

    In addition to extending coverage to nearly all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices, the new law clarifies existing statute and brings it into compliance with federal coverage standards. Insurance companies must offer at least one product, drug, or device of a particular therapeutic equivalent version with no cost-sharing, and insurance companies would also be required to provide 12 months of contraceptive at one time. Insurers must also provide an expedient and convenient review process to ensure coverage.

    The legislation was House Bill 5576. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Murphy votes to expand insurance coverage for women

    murphy 052516SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate voted Wednesday in support of expanding insurance coverage for contraceptives for women. State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

    “98% of American women will use birth control at some point during their lifetime for a variety of different health-related reasons,” Murphy said. “We owe it to these women to give them reliable, affordable access to a prescription they rely on.”

    Under current law, not all forms of contraceptives are covered by insurance.  The proposal backed by Murphy would require insurance companies in Illinois to provide coverage for nearly all FDA-approved contraceptives, drugs, devices and products. It also would require insurance companies to provide up to 12 months of contraceptives at one time.

    “This legislation brings much-needed stability to one of the most basic aspects of a woman’s life – her health. I encourage the governor to quickly sign this proposal to have an immediate positive impact on women’s lives across Illinois.”

    House Bill 5576 passed the Senate with a vote of 35- 22 and will now head to the governor’s desk.

  • Hutchinson leads Senate in requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives

    bcpillsSPRINGFIELD – With 98 percent of American women using birth control at some point in their lives, having easy access to the myriad forms of contraceptives available is an important part of the health care delivery system for women.  

    “Women utilize contraceptives for many different reasons. The most obvious reason is for birth control,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “But for many women, contraceptives play a key role in our overall health. Government should ensure that women have access to all forms of contraceptives without intrusion by insurance bureaucrats or politicians.”