I am writing to ask you to support EPICC, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act. EPICC is a common sense bill that would ensure that health insurance companies cover prescription contraception to the same extent that they cover other prescription drugs.
Women deserve equal treatment for basic health needs such as contraception. Today, women pay more out-of-pocket for their health needs than men do, in large measure due to the exclusion of contraception from so many plans. Without federal legislation, too many health insurance plans and employers will continue to treat women's health needs in a second-class manner.
Women, not insurers or employers, have the right to make personal decisions regarding contraception for themselves: contraception should not be excluded from insurance plans, and employers and insurers should not be allowed to refuse to cover them. Moreover, improving access to contraception is the best way to reduce unintended pregnancy and thus the need for abortion.
Please support this sensible legislation.