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.