Vigilance on Women’s Healthcare

January 30, 2017

I recently joined about 50 of my legislative colleagues at a press conference on women’s health issues. Given the real threat that Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act, legislative actions by states are more important than ever. I am backing legislation affirms our commitment to policies covered by ACA.

I’m pleased to support a package of bills designed to protect and expand women’s healthcare.The bills include:

  • Preserving requirements in the Affordable Care Act requiring no cost-sharing for women’s preventative services, and to further improve contraceptive access;
  • Preserving constitutional rights to healthcare against federal threats and to codify the principles of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt;
  • Preserving requirements in the Affordable Care Act requiring that nursing mothers be provided with a breast pump, and to improve protections for nursing mothers in the workplace;
  • Improving current workplace protections for pregnant women.

CT has a long history of supporting women’s health care issues, and we must be ready to defend those rights regardless of what happens on the national level.