On January 22, 2019, New York protected reproductive health and rights in three major ways: The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) and the Boss Bill.
Together, the RHA, CCCA and Boss Bill enshrine our state’s values, and our refusal to turn back the clock on reproductive rights.
- The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) moves the regulation of abortion care into the public health law, where it belongs, and ensures that New Yorkers can access safe and legal abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned or gutted. The RHA also positions New York as a “Care State,” a place to which people from other states can travel to access legal and safe abortion care.
- The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) ensures New Yorkers can access the full range of birth control options with no co-pay, allows for dispensing of up to 12 months of contraception at a time, and requires insurance coverage of emergency contraception over-the-counter without a prescription and without cost-sharing.
- The Boss Bill prevents employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions (i.e. decisions to use or access a particular drug, device or service).
What changes for New Yorkers?
- In the circumstance that a pregnant person’s health or life is at risk, or their fetus is not viable, a person can seek an abortion after 24 weeks. While this has been the law of the land since the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, doctors have been hesitant to provide abortion care for patients after 24 weeks because New York state’s abortion law did not match this standard and was regulated under the criminal code.
- People will have increased access to abortion care prior to 24 weeks because advanced practice clinicians will be able to provide abortion care if it is within their scope of practice.
- Patients will be able to access 12 months of contraception at one time, increasing use and lowering the risk of unintended pregnancy.
- New Yorkers will have insurance coverage for over the counter emergency contraception making it free to low cost.
- Contraceptive education and counseling, voluntary sterilization procedures and related follow up services, and all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and provides will all be covered without copay
And finally, thanks to the Boss Bill*...
employees will be able to seek recourse if they experience retaliation from their employer based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.
* The CCCA and Boss Bill have not been signed into law yet and are not in effect. We can expect them both to be in effect shortly – our state legislators are just working on fixing some technical pieces of the bill. Stay tuned for the announcement that these bills are signed!