Women deserve insurance coverage that meets their reproductive health needs
New York, NY—Today, the Senate voted on the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, S. 2578 (a.k.a. the Not My Boss’ Business Act), which attempted to rectify the decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming public support for contraceptive coverage, the bill failed to pass.
The bill would have prevented bosses from discriminating against their female employees by making it illegal for any company to deny their workers specific health benefits that are required to be covered under federal law, including birth control.
Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) is disappointed by the outcome of today’s vote, but buoyed by the Senate’s support of proactive health care legislation. Physicians board chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH, said:
“I see patients every day who rely on access to contraception—preventive care that is crucial to the health of women and their families. I also know that when money is tight, some women are forced to go without birth control. This bill would have made a difference for lower-wage employees across the country, allowing them to rest assured that their coverage was guaranteed no matter where they work.
“My colleagues and I have spent years advocating for affordable contraception because our patients’ health depends on it. Preventive care, including birth control, is basic health care for women—and the decision to use birth control is a conversation between a woman and her medical provider, not a woman and her boss. I want to thank Senators Murray and Reid and the more than 40 cosponsors who stood up on behalf of the majority of Americans who support access to the full range of contraceptives. These leaders said firmly and without equivocation that women’s health has value, that preventive care is crucial, and that insurance coverage should meet their reproductive health needs.”
In January 2014, Physicians for Reproductive Health joined with major medical groups representing a wide spectrum of health care providers to file a brief in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.