Greetings All Nurses,
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The House could vote as soon as next week on contraceptive coverage for federal employees and we need you take action now!
Since 1998 federal employees have had access to contraception in
their health care plans
. Now President Bush wants to take that away and Congress may do just that. Contraceptive equity for federal employees means that if a federal employee's health plan covers prescription drugs it has to cover contraception also. It is simple fairness. This was a major victory for women when it passed in 1998 because right now women pay on average 68% more out of pocket on health care expenses. A large part of that amount is due to reproductive health care, like contraception. That is unfair.
Take action now and please forward this message on to everyone you know concerned with reproductive health issues.
Dear [your representative],
I urge you to vote for contraceptive coverage for federal employees. The federal Office of Personnel Management has reported that this coverage doesn't cost the federal government any money and has been carried out without complaint. In fact, it may save the government money by reducing unintended pregnancies.
Before contraceptive equity was law some plans did not cover
contraceptives at all and 81% failed to cover all five FDA approved
methods of contraception. Also, eliminating contraceptive coverage requirement puts federal employees at risk for unintended pregnancy and abortion.
Finally, excluding contraceptive coverage discriminates against
women. Last month, a federal district court in Seattle ruled that an employer's exclusion of prescription contraception from a health plan that covers other prescription drugs and devices is sex discrimination in violation of federal law. As an employer, the
federal government should not discriminate against its female
As we work toward the goal of contraceptive coverage for all women we must make sure that federal employees continue to have access. Many private plans use the federal government as a model. And since the federal government enacted contraceptive equity for federal employees 16 states have followed suit by requiring the same for their residents.
This is a matter of basic health care, basic fairness and basis
equity. I urge you to vote for contraceptive coverage for federal
[your name and address]
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