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Senate Passes Bill to Require Employee Health Insurance Birth Control Coverage

House Bill 2700 will now move to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - The Oregon Senate today passed House Bill 2700, legislation that will require birth control coverage in employee health insurance plans that offer prescription drug coverage and provide access to emergency contraception in the emergency room for women who are victims of sexual assault.

“For too long women have been denied health insurance coverage for the cost of birth control,” said Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (D-Portland). “This bill simply provides women with fairness and equity for prescription drug coverage.”

Included in House Bill 2700 is the option for victims of sexual assault to receive emergency contraception in any hospital in Oregon. One in six Oregon women has experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.

“Women need access to every tool available to deal with one of the most traumatic experiences they can face,” said Senator Ginny Burdick (D-Portland). “This bill is about compassion and caring when dealing with sexual assault.”

“As a nurse, I have seen what this will mean for victims of sexual assault,” said Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham). “This is an essential piece of legislation for women’s health.”

Contraceptive equity has been addressed in the legislature in previous sessions, but never passed both chambers.

“It is amazing to me that we had to wait until 2007 to pass this legislation,” said Senator Vicki Walker (D-Eugene). “After years of work, the day for contraceptive equity is here.”

“For over a decade as a House and Senate member, I have worked on this issue,” said Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin). “I take great pride in its passage.”

House Bill 2700 will now move to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

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Rosenberg May 18, 2007 7:29 am (Pacific time)

Matt, thanks for the comments.

Hank Ruark May 18, 2007 6:58 am (Pacific time)

To all: Matter of historic record: Those who protest most re any "entitlement" are always the ones getting theirs already, by malign manipulation. Rosy's self-stated record is as contractor burgeoning fat on that situation. "Know your source" is self-protective common sense. Why NOT now thoroughly ID-self for all here to see, Rosy ? Rest of us free-talkers have no problem with that, so what you hiding, keed ?? You seek credibility, prove up yr right to same by record right out there in public eye.

Matt Johnson May 17, 2007 3:11 pm (Pacific time)

Wow Rosie, you must have one comfortable life. Good for you; too bad you don't realize everyone else wasn't born with the same talents, faculties, parenting and love that you obviously were. Good for you man, but why be bothered by poor people receiving a benefit? Matt Johnson in Malibu

Rosenberg May 17, 2007 3:09 pm (Pacific time)

For those dependent on government largess I'm sure this bill makes sense. The entitlement mentality is always ready for the next handout!

Hank Ruark May 17, 2007 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

Speaking of arrogance (as in comments re Op Ed) these take the cake...made of cast-off condoms of course...and ready for their easy ingestion.

Albert Marnell May 17, 2007 11:54 am (Pacific time)

The price of a condom is alot cheaper than an unwanted human being and all the social, economic and emotional costs related. You guys would fall apart if your wife was raped and had to keep the child of the rapist. What stupid remarks you have made and how insensitive to women.

Rosenberg May 17, 2007 10:06 am (Pacific time)

No kidding Marco!

Marco May 17, 2007 6:43 am (Pacific time)

Leave it to the Democrats to increase the cost of health insurance by treating something that is not an illness.

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