Cuomo Expands Coverage For Abortion-Causing Drugs

On April 12, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage  Act  (CCCA)  (Bill S.659-A–Salazar/A.585-A–Cahill) into law.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms had successfully opposed this unnecessary and dangerous bill for several years. The CCCA requires group insurance policies issued or renewed  after January 1, 2020 to cover abortion-causing drugs,  voluntary  sterilization  procedures,  and  all  other  FDA-approved  contraceptive  devices  without restrictions, copays, or cost sharing. The law applies not only to insurance enrollees, but also to the covered  spouses,  domestic  partners,  and  dependents  of  those  enrollees.  The  law  even  requires  that insurance companies “allow for the dispensing of twelve [months’] worth of a contraceptive at one time.”

The proposal is wrong-headed on multiple fronts; the CCCA is disrespectful of human life, and it exacerbates  existing  flaws  in  New  York  insurance  law  regarding  conscience  protections  for  faith-based charities. The CCCA displays callous disregard for human life by including a requirement that New York’s employers provide  no-cost  coverage  of  abortion-causing  drugs.  Research  demonstrates  that  so-called “emergency contraception” does not always function in the way that its name would indicate; rather, it sometimes causes the death of an embryo. It is deeply disturbing that abortion-causing drugs have been made widely available; expanding insurance coverage for them is unacceptable.