Should Congress provide free contraception for women veterans?

This bill has Passed the House of Representatives
Bill Summary

This bill would provide contraceptive services without a co-pay for women veterans. Sponsor: Rep. Julia Brownley (Democrat, California, District 26) View full bill text ➔

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Proponents say

     "Women veterans now make up the fastest-growing group of veterans enrolling in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. Yet, many of their health needs go unaddressed in a VA system that has not evolved to equitably serve a changing population … Women veterans using VA healthcare are currently denied this access. The benefits of contraception are widely recognized and eliminating cost-sharing barriers can greatly improve access to the full range of contraception and related counseling that improves women’s health."

Source: Rep. Julia Brownley (Democrat, California, District 26) 


•     "The Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, offered by Rep. Julia Brownley, would [allow] women receiving health care services from the V.A. system to access basic contraceptive care without paying copays, similar to coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act. Women who have served our country in uniform deserve to access reproductive health care on an equal basis."

Source: Rep. Steny Hoyer (Democrat, Maryland, District 5)