The Senate has passed a bill that would expand women’s access to long-acting birth control and men’s access to vasectomies, and allow pregnant women to enroll in Vermont Health Connect more conveniently.
The Senate passed H.620 in a voice vote Monday, May 2, after giving it preliminary approval Friday. The House now has the option of accepting changes or negotiating a deal. A third reading is still pending in the lower chamber.
The Senate added a provision allowing women to buy insurance through Vermont Health Connect when they get pregnant. Currently, pregnant women need to wait for an open enrollment period, because becoming pregnant is not considered a “life change” that qualifies for special enrollment.
The main provisions of H.620 codify the federal Affordable Care Act into Vermont law, saying that health insurance companies must provide access to birth control, including intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, with no copay.