Senate Democrats push for Medicaid to cover birth control

Senate Democrats push for Medicaid to cover birth control
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A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill that would provide free birth control to women enrolled in Medicaid, while also expanding access to preventative services nationwide.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, said the bill would allow more women “to be in the driver’s seat about their own health care.”

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The bill would launch a study of abortion access, create new training programs for nurses who specialize in women’s health and ensure that all hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims.

"At a time when the GOP congress is trying to drag women back to the last century, we are offering a bold agenda to strengthen women's health in this century," Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.), who is also a co-sponsor, wrote in a statement.

The biggest piece of the bill is providing free contraception for all women enrolled in Medicaid — a government-run program that covers nearly 70 million people nationally.

ObamaCare already requires all private health insurance plans to cover contraception.

It would also help women afford breast pumps and receive breast feeding counseling.

The bill faces a tough challenge in the GOP-controlled Congress, though Murray said she would remain firm in her stance. The bill has three sponsors, all of whom are Democratic women in the Senate.

“I do know there are those who are going to say 'no' right off the bat. That will not stop me." Murray told reporters Thursday.