S.1847: Affordability is Access Act


Affordability is Access Act This bill establishes several requirements relating to health-insurance coverage of, and access to, over-the-counter contraceptives. Specifically, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury to specify that private health-insurance plans must cover over-the-counter contraceptives that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), even without a prescription. Under current law, private health-insurance plans (with some exceptions) must cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, without cost-sharing requirements. The bill also prohibits retailers from interfering with an individual’s access to oral contraceptives that are meant for routine, daily use and are FDA-approved for use without a prescription.

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Date Introduced

June 13, 2019


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

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Introduced or Prefiled