Bill would ensure Minnesotans can plan their families and their futures by accessing affordable birth control for 12 months at a time
St. Paul, MN — Yesterday, the Protect Access to Contraception Act (PAC Act) was heard by the Minnesota Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection committee. The PAC Act would guarantee that contraceptives are covered by insurance without co-payments; and allow Minnesotans to receive up to 12 months of birth control at a time, covered by insurance.
The PAC Act will expand access to birth control, safeguarding sexual and reproductive health by covering contraception in public and private insurance plans with no cost to the patient. It is also critical that the use of contraception not be interrupted. Consistent use of contraception is key to preventing pregnancy, but when contraception is not covered by health insurance or when it requires cost-sharing, too many people cannot afford regular use of contraception.
Statement from Tim Stanley, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“Birth control is essential health care, and by removing unnecessary insurance barriers and political interference, Minnesota can become a leader in expanding sexual and reproductive health care. People from all walks of life deserve to plan their families and futures by accessing the form of birth control that is right for them.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.
Visit us at www.plannedparenthoodadvocate.org