Insurance coverage

New York lawmakers call for more insurance coverage for abortion care

Two state lawmakers are calling for a measure that would make abortion services covered by private insurance that covers maternity care.

The law project, sponsored by Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas and State Senator Samra Brouk, is part of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Peoples Budget released earlier this month.

The measure seeks to address regulations that would create what proponents call a full abortion coverage requirement that eliminates narrower requirements like rape, incest or fetal malformation.

The problem for the bill’s sponsors is a system of insurance regulation that they say ultimately leads to women in immigrant communities and communities of color being denied coverage.

“At a time when reproductive rights are being curtailed across the country, we must ensure that New York State remains a beacon of hope for people in other parts of our country,” Brouk said.

Lawmakers are also backing the bill ahead of what could be a landmark decision on abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court later this year.

“With the potential for cancellation of Roe v. Wade, New York State needs to do more to ensure that we not only provide abortion care, but that as many people as possible can access it. Current language in insurance regulations creates a good and bad dichotomy related to abortions that only perpetuates stigma,” González-Rojas said. “The Reproductive Equity Act will change that and send the message across the state that New York will provide the care they need. no matter how that person got pregnant.”