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This legislative session we look forward to supporting proactive legislation to fund medicaid, increase access to birth control, and protect our LGBTQ+ family and friends. We are prepared to stand strong in the face of attacks on our health and rights.

12 Months of Birth Control

We all deserve affordable and accessible birth control that works for us, regardless of our income or insurance carrier. Consistent access to birth control gives people the ability to control when and if they have children, giving them more career and education opportunities, encouraging healthier pregnancies, and making them less likely to depend on government programs. But for women who lack access to transportation, move frequently, or struggle to balance work and family, monthly trips to the pharmacy make perfect use challenging. The legislature should ensure that all people have consistent and reliable access to contraception by requiring private insurance to cover a one-year supply of birth control at a time.

Medicaid Expansion Funding

In 2018, Idaho voters passed Medicaid expansion by a wide margin, paving the way for tens of thousands of Idahoans to receive the health care they need and showing  our state’s broad public support for increasing health care access. Women in particular stand to benefit from this expansion: approximately half of people who fall in the coverage gap are women, and expansion will improve access to preventive reproductive health care such as  contraception.

 The legislature should support healthy women and families and a healthy economy by fully and sustainably funding Medicaid expansion, without harmful riders to restrict health care access for some of our state’s most  vulnerable citizens.

"Add the Words"

Our state’s non-discrimination law already prohibits discrimination based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or national origin in the areas of employment, housing, education, and public accommodation. However, these protections do not extend to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, leaving our LGBTQ+ neighbors at risk for discrimination. Updating the law to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act will expand these basic protections to keep Idahoans safe from discrimination.