Illinois To Consider Contraceptive Coverage Parity Bill
Illinois state Rep. Mary Flowers (D) has introduced new legislation that would force insurance companies that cover prescriptions for Viagra to also cover prescriptions for oral contraceptives.
Many insurance companies cover at least a portion of Viagra's cost, yet deny coverage of contraceptives that would actually lower medical costs through a reduction in costly unplanned pregnancies. Flowers charges that Viagra is "not medically necessary" while "the prevention of pregnancy can have health benefits for women," and has accused insurance companies of unjust discrimination against women.
A spokesperson for the Illinois Association of HMOs denies that such policies are discriminatory, arguing that Viagra "treats a medical condition" and that "contraception is more of a therapeutic prescription." The Catholic Conference of Illinois has joined the HMO association in opposition to the bill, arguing that "artificial birth control is inappropriate and mandating insurance coverage is something we would be opposed to."
Illinois' Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President have not yet indicated their position on Flowers' legislation.
Media Resources: Chicago Tribune - February 22, 1999
8/3/2015 The Senate is Voting on Planned Parenthood Funding Today - A Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come to a vote today.
Sponsored by Republican Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senate Bill 1881 would prohibit all Federal funding of Planned Parenthood or "any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics." The Senate will need 60 votes to advance the bill, which is being proposed following the release of highly edited video footage by anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
The CMP's misleading videos claim that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. . . .