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2019 General Assembly Priorities

The 2019 Virginia General Assembly session is under way. The Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia team and our supporters are playing an active role throughout session to make progress on reproductive health and rights. Below are the bills we’re following so far in 2019:

Abortion Access

Repro Equal Access Law (REPEAL) – HB 2491 (Tran), SB 1451 (McClellan): Repeals every sham restriction to abortion access and eliminates targeted statutory requirements on abortion facilities.

Reproductive Freedom Act – HB 2369 (Herring), SB 1637 (Boysko): Establishes a person’s fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization and a person’s right to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate the pregnancy

Repeal Sham Restrictions to Abortion Access - HB 1863 (Rodman), SB 1054 (Locke)Repeals various politically-motivated restrictions to abortion access.

Health Insurance Coverage

Paid Family and Medical Leave – HB 2120 (Carroll Foy), SB 1639 (Boysko): Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2022.

  • Status HB 2120: 02/05/19  House: Left in Commerce and Labor
  • Status SB 1639: 1/28/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (13-Y 0-N)

No Co-Pay Contraception – HB 2207 (Filler-Corn), SB 1185 (Favola): Requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for any prescribed contraceptive drug, contraceptive device, or contraceptive procedure.

Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination in Health Insurance – HB 1864 (Rodman), SB 1287 (Barker): Prohibits health insurance plans from imposing restrictions or denying coverage to individuals because of their gender identity or transgender status. 

Reproductive Health Equity Act - HB 2378 (Price), SB 1132 (Locke)Requires health benefit plans to cover the costs of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures related to reproductive health.