Tell Your U.S. Senator to Expand Access to Contraception for Military Women

August 8, 2014

Last week, United States Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) proposed a new bill that would provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage and family planning counseling for all servicemembers, as well as their dependents who rely on the military for health care.

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) has already announced its support for this proposal — but we need you to join us by contacting your U.S. Senators and urging them to support it, too!

Under the military’s current health care program, all active servicemembers have coverage of all prescriptions without co-pay, no matter where or how they obtain their prescription. But, due to a statutory provision, the program does not cover dependents or women not on active duty; they are required to pay if their contraceptive prescription is filled anywhere but a military treatment facility.

The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014 (PDF) would close this gap in contraceptive coverage, and ensure that active duty servicewomen receive confidential, comprehensive, and medically accurate family-planning services and counseling.

Not only would this bring the U.S. military’s contraceptive coverage policies in line with civilian employer-based insurance plans – it would guarantee that the military provides the highest quality health care to all its servicemembers and military dependents, women included.

CFI urges you to write or call your U.S. Senators immediately and tell them to support the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014.