Bennet, Senate Dems Introduce Urgent Bill to Safeguard Women’s Preventive Health Care Services

Legislation Would Shield Services From Administration Attacks

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet this week joined 46 other Senate Democrats in introducing new legislation to ensure that coverage for preventive health care services, including breast cancer screening, birth control, and domestic violence screening, cannot be revised or rolled back by the Trump Administration.

"This bill is urgently needed to strengthen key measures in the Affordable Care Act to protect women's access to basic health care services," Bennet said. "We must preserve the progress we made under the ACA while also working to fix it in a bipartisan way. Although efforts are underway to take away coverage from millions of Americans, including an Executive Order threatening women's access to affordable health care, we will continue fighting to protect women's health."

Today, 55 million women nationwide have access to birth control, screening and counseling for domestic violence, breast cancer screening, and other essential health care without any out-of-pocket costs due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Save Women's Preventive Care Act guarantees women continued access to key services without cost-sharing. Once enacted, this legislation would prevent the Trump Administration from revising or rolling back parts of the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines.

The bill will guarantee the following preventive services:

• Lactation support and counseling
• Screening and counseling for domestic violence
• Screening for gestational diabetes
• HPV DNA testing
• Counseling on STIs
• Counseling and screening for HIV
• All contraception methods approved by the FDA
• Breast cancer screening
• Well Woman visits

The Save Women's Preventive Care Act is supported by the following organizations: Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Academy of Women's Health, American Association of Birth Center, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Student Association, American Nurses Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, March of Dimes, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, National Coalition of STD Directors, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.