Illinois House Passes Bill Requiring Birth Control Coverage

Apr 21, 2016

The Illinois House passed legislation today requiring health insurance plans to cover birth control.

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Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook says this is already federal law, but the proposal's aim is to ensure women in Illinois have access by allowing a 12-month prescription. 

The measure had significant pushback from representatives who oppose abortion because it includes emergency contraception. 

​Republican Rep. Dwight Kay, of Glen Carbon, says the legislation is burdensome to businesses.

"I seriously question how much promiscuity should an insurance company pay," he said. "How much?"

Nekritz countered that it takes two to be promiscuous, and the legislation doesn't force religious groups to cover birth control.  

The measure heads to the Senate next.