Aug 15. 2017: Governor Kate Brown signed the nation’s most progressive reproductive health policy into law. The Reproductive Health Equity Act is the first legislation in the United States to comprehensively address systemic barriers to accessing reproductive health care, expanding coverage to thousands of Oregonians – regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity – throughout the state.
Developed by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon with input from community leaders and legislative champions, the new law makes Oregon the first state to establish comprehensive, state-funded reproductive health coverage for women categorically excluded from Medicaid based on citizenship status; the first to codify no-cost abortion coverage in state statute; and the first to stand up to the Trump administration and congressional Republicans by putting the entire list of women’s health services covered without cost-sharing under the Affordable Care Act into state statute. The legislation also bans discrimination against those who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming so that all people who can become pregnant have access to reproductive health care.
The Reproductive Health Equity Act will significantly benefit thousands of Oregonians:
* 900,000: Oregonians covered by private insurance who now have expanded reproductive health coverage.
* 360,000: Oregon women who now have protected access to copay-free preventive healthcare services under the Affordable Care Act.
* 48,000: New low-income mothers in Oregon whose coverage now extends past delivery to include follow-up visits during the postpartum period.
* 43,000: Oregon women of reproductive age with high-deductible policies who now have abortion coverage at no out-of-pocket cost.
* 18,600: Oregon women of reproductive age whose insurance plans now cannot charge them a co-pay or other out-of-pocket costs for preventive health services, including contraception.
July 2017 News: The Oregon Senate passed nationally significant legislation that will guarantee reproductive health equity for Oregonians. It now heads to the desk of Governor Kate Brown for her signature. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 3391) will ensure that every Oregonian can decide when and whether to become a parent – regardless of income, type of insurance, citizenship status or gender identity. The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon, which developed the legislation over the past two years with input from community leaders and legislators, applauded the elected leaders who recognized the urgent need to safeguard reproductive freedom and fill gaps in coverage that benefit millions of Oregonians. Read more!