In 2016, we will fight to pass the following legislation, making our state safer, healthier, and more just for all New Yorkers.

Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A.8135/S.6013)

Improves insurance coverage for a full range of contraception, provides coverage for male contraceptive methods, allows procurement of up to 12 months of contraception at one time, and grants pharmacists the ability to prescribe emergency contraception through a standing order. Read more.

Reproductive Services Act (A.6221/S.4432)

Codifies Roe v. Wade into NYS law to ensure access to abortion in the case of risk to the health or life of the pregnant person.

Healthy Teens Act (A.1616/S.700)

Creates a funding stream for comprehensive sexuality education programs.

Minors Access to STD Treatment and Prevention (A.1528/S.2712)

Allows minors to receive treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases without parent’s or guardian’s consent, specifically the vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at a time when it is most effective in order to decrease HPV-related cancers and fatalities.

Paid Family Leave Act (A.3870/S.3004)

Enables workers to maintain their jobs and receive partial income while caring for a new baby or ill relative.

The Boss Bill (A.1142/S.2709)

Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their reproductive health decisions.

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (A.4558/S.61)

Grants critical civil rights protections to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Public University Emergency Contraception Act (A.6275)

Requires every college and university of the State University of New York and the City University of New York to provide emergency contraception to any student requesting it.

Condoms as Evidence (A.7671/S.5638)

Prohibits the fact possession of condoms and other reproductive health devices to be used as evidence of a prostitution or trafficking related offence.

Tampon Tax Repeal Bill (A. 7651)

Exempts feminine hygiene products from sales and compensating use taxes.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

We’re a proud member of the New York State Council on Adolescent Pregnancy (NYSCAP) and supports comprehensive K-12 sexuality education for all New York students.

Minimum Wage

We’re a proud member of the “Raise the Wage” coalition and seeks a $15 minimum wage statewide in 2016.

Ensuring Insurance Coverage for Reproductive Health Care

The failure of Health Republic demonstrated how important it is for New York to continue to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and sterilization. We suggest creating assurances that in the case of plan closure there are suitable substitution plans that include the full range of reproductive health care without cumbersome workarounds.

For further information please contact: Danielle Castaldi-Micca, Director of Political and Government Affairs dcastaldi-micca@nirhealth.org 212-343-0114 Ext. 3515.