Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, legislation which would provide women veterans access to the same no-cost contraceptive care as their non-veteran counterparts.
“Women veterans now make up the fastest growing group of veterans enrolling in VA health care. Yet, many of their health needs go unaddressed in a VA system that has not evolved to equitably serve a changing population. This includes accessing basic contraceptive services without a co-pay, which is available to all women using civilian health insurance,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “As the Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, my goal is to identify disparities in health care for women veterans and, where necessary, introduce, advocate for, and pass legislation that fixes those inequities. This bill addresses a critical disparity that prevents women veterans from having equal access to health care and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we fix this glaring gap in care for our women veterans.”
Read more about the bill, here.